The Lovett Demonstration Theatre

The Lovett Demonstration Theatre is on Christchurch Quay at the Festival Village and will be home to demonstrations from both celebrity and local chefs. This is the schedule for the two days:

Saturday 6th May 2017

10.45am Rob Cottam – Head Chef at Chewton Glen Cookery School
Explore dishes and cookery techniques from around the world with Rob Cottam, Chef Tutor of Chewton Glen’s new cookery school The Kitchen. Learn tips and tricks to making food look great and taste delicious. Rob will show you how to make a quick chickpea flat bread and filling of chicken souvlaki, followed by an oven baked spring roll of salmon with a nuoc cham dipping sauce using chillies and herbs from Chewton Glen’s own kitchen garden. Rob will also give you a glimpse of a day in the life of the cookery school and its collaboration with James Martin.

11.45am Dean Edwards – Winner of MasterChef and resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine
Dean returns to the Food Festival this year with recipes from his cookery book. This demo showcases his chicken and chorizo salad and avocado and garlic prawn toasts, perfect for a delicious lunch or supper. Dean will also be showing you how to create a quick and easy red pepper salsa, salsa (meaning ‘sauce’) is great with so many meals but many supermarket varieties will be packed full of sugar and will taste nowhere near as good as this homemade version.

12.30pm Barbara Cox – leading UK nutritionist and author of ‘Rainbow Recipes’
Transform your fitness – recipes for fitness from weight loss to weight training. Myth-busting facts to help you transform your health and well-being.

1.30pm Bake House 24
Pete Joy, owner and head baker at Bake House 24 in Ringwood will be making sourdough bread at its finest will only need three ingredients: flour, water and salt. Using the same traditional methods used everyday at Bakehouse24, Pete will demonstrate how to successfully make a sourdough loaf. We aim to simplify a daunting and often over- complicated process, and provide hints and tips for producing delicious breads that can be easily replicated in your kitchen at home.

2.15pm – ‘Cook a Thon’
Simon Hallam, Head Chef at the Sandbanks Hotel and Colin Nash, Head Chef at the Three Tuns are joined by local faces for the festivals take on ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ with head chefs getting a helping hand from local faces.

3.15pm Alana Spencer
The 2017 winner of BBC’s The Apprentice and owner of Ridiculously Rich by Alana will be making her Christchurch Food Festival debut and demonstrating some of her delicious bakes, chatting about taking part and winning the Apprentice and what it is like to work with Lord Sugar.

4.00pm Dean Edwards
Roasted red pepper gazpacho and sticky lemon chicken are on the menu for the second of Dean’s demonstrations. Dean will also be adding his twist to the traditional pesto to encourage you all to make your own instead of buying one from the supermarket. Dean’s twist comes with addition of peppery rocket and walnuts, he will be using it to accompany his sticky lemon chicken but it makes a lot so there will be plenty left over to add to pasta for lunch the next day!

Sunday 7th May

10.45am Lesley Waters & Alex Aitken – Use your Loaf!
Join Food Festival patron Lesley Waters and Executive Head Chef of Harbour Group, Alex Aitken for a wonderful demonstration featuring super stylish recipe ideas for brunch or lunch including deluxe egg bread with sourdough, dolcelatte and griddled pears, burnt ends brisket on baguette with borlotti beans and cheddar pesto and lobster and crayfish posh nosh brioche ……… The perfect way to start a Sunday!

11.45am Luke Matthews – Head Chef at Chewton Glen
Watching Luke’s demonstration and impress your friends and family with these three recipes, guaranteed to be successful at home! Luke celebrates his love of fish with Hand-dived Scottish scallops, cauliflower puree & salsa verde. Next, he uses locally sourced Hampshire rainbow trout from Chalkstream Foods Romsey. In this dish, he will be complimenting the fish with brown shrimps, Devon crab and foraged sea vegetables. Lastly, we move onto the land with a Creedy Carver duck liver salad featuring oyster mushrooms, artichoke and garden leaves from Chewton Glen’s kitchen garden.

12.30pm Ian Gibbs – Executive Head Chef at Urban Guild
Ian and his team will be demonstrating some of the delicious dishes and amazing cocktails available at the Urban Guild restaurants – Urban Beach; Urban Reef and Jenkins & Sons. Whilst owner of Urban Guild, Mark Cribb, acts as compere in his own inimitable style!

1.30pm Barbara Cox
Fuel for Success: Start your day off with a Power Breakfast! Easy recipes for homemade cereals to omelettes and all the superfood ingredient to add that will supercharge your day!

2.15pm Andrew Gault & Tommo Quy
Andrew, Head Chef and Tommo, Bar Manager from the Captain’s Club Hotel join forces to bring you an Indian Summer demonstration starting with Andrew showing you how to make the perfect vegan coconut and squash curry. Tommo will then demonstrate some delicious gin-based cocktails perfect for a summer drinks party.

3.15pm Alana Spencer
The 2017 winner of BBC’s The Apprentice and owner of Ridiculously Rich by Alana will be making her Christchurch Food Festival debut and demonstrating some of her delicious bakes, chatting about taking part and winning the Apprentice and what it is like to work with Lord Sugar.

4.00pm Lesley Waters
Over the years on her travels Lesley has been inspired by the rustic food of the Mediterranean. This demonstration will reflect her love of all things rustic. These fresh zingy dishes with a modern twist will take your taste buds to another dimension. Demonstration will include a delicious gluten and dairy free orange gateaux and features some recipes ideas from her latest cookery book.

5.00pm UKBG Christchurch Cocktail Competition in association with Conker Gin
Four finalists from local Christchurch bars will battle it out on the stage to win the ‘Best Christchurch Bartender’, having been chosen from 12 original entrants and judged in their own bars by a top class mixologist “Mystery Shopper”

Our Chefs

Ian Gibbs

I an is now Executive Chef at the Urban Guild in Bournemouth and Christchurch Food Festival Veteran. After winning many international awards on the professional Salon Culinare Circuit, he is a previou… Read more

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Our demonstration events are yet to be finalised, please check back closer to May.