The Tante Marie Culinary Academy will take centre stage at the Woking Food and Drink Festival 2017 in Jubilee Square.
Throughout the free, three-day festival the Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre will serve up a healthy portion of tasty, live cooking demonstrations, delivered by a range of prestigious celebrity chefs and local restaurant owners.
Top-drawer demonstration chefs
Adding to the festival’s previous impressive demo chef credentials, including the likes of Monica Galetti, Michelin masters and many Bake Off winners, the theatre’s stage will be headlined by another seasoned and stellar line up of international chefs.
Michelin maestro, Bruno Loubet, will bring some French flair and finesse to the table. During his glittering international career he founded numerous high profile restaurants and picked up a selection of prestigious awards. His Grain Store restaurant in London gives vegetables an equal billing on the menu and it is driven by an ethical and sustainable approach.
A popular, first time visitor in 2016, Antonio Carluccio OBE, Chef Ambassador for The Clink Charity, will return with fellow Italian and founder of the restaurants, Al Crisci MBE, to highlight the charity’s pioneering and inspirational prisoner rehabilitation programme, which has changed the lives of thousands of former inmates.
Further gastronomic inspiration will be provided by Three Girls Cook – aka Alison O'Reilly, Giovanna Ryan and Lorna Robertson – who appeared on our screens as MasterChef 2017 finalists, impressing the judges with their skill, creativity and determination.
Adding some exotic flavours to the demos will be Chetna Makan, chef, author and Great British Bake Off 2014 semi-finalist, and Olia Hercules, Ukrainian born chef and author named The Observer’s Rising Star of 2015.
The cream of Surrey’s crop
Representing the best of Surrey’s local culinary talent will be:
- Senior instructorsfrom Tante Marie Culinary Academy
- Dougie Balish, Head Chef at The Tudor Room at Great Fosters, Egham – Surrey’s only Michelin Star restaurant
- Steve Drake, Chef Patron at Sorrel, Dorking
- Fernando Stovell, Director and Chef Patron at Stovell’s, Chobham
- Ben Piette, Head Chef at London House, West Byfleet
- Dan Britten, Head Chef at The White Horse, Hascombe
- Aneke Spacie, Executive Chef at Waters Edge, Woking
The Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre will be hosted for the fifth year by the talented TV presenter and commentator Jo Pickard.
Jo has presented live from some of the biggest food events world wide, commentated for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 and presented the award-winning stage at London 2012. She broadcast from around the world for The Volvo Ocean Race and has recently finished shooting live on Facebook for Chris Evan’s BBC Children in Need’s Carfest.