OOH LA LA – FOOD FESTIVAL GOES FRENCH WITH JEAN-CHRISTOPHE NOVELLI SET TO READY STEADY COOK
A touch of gallic charm is descending on this year’s Stratford Town Centre Food Festival in the form of French culinary sensation Jean-Christophe Novelli.
The award-winning chef will take to the stage on Sunday, September 25 - the final day of the three-day food-filled extravaganza. Purchase Jean-Christope Novelli tickets by clicking here
The popular festival, organised by the award-winning events team at Stratforward BID (Business Improvement District) in association with Geraud Markets, returns from Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25.
Each year the festival, which attracts thousands of visitors to the town, features a big name and this year’s is the acclaimed Jean-Christophe Novelli.
The Michelin chef started his career at the age of 14 in his home town of Arras in northern France becoming private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild at the age of 19.
He arrived in Britain in 1983, working as head chef at Keith Floyd’s pub The Maltsters before going on to open four restaurants in London. He now has his own world culinary empire and runs popular cookery courses at his Novelli Academy in the village of Tea Green, Hertfordshire.
Chef Novelli said: “It has been great working in partnership with Stratforward and Groupe Geraud to deliver an event of this scale, especially to a town as historic as Stratford-upon-Avon.
“I'm excited to meet the locals and give them a few demonstrations, hopefully they will pick up some new tricks to take home to the kitchen!”
The festival will see Stratford town centre packed with at least 100 stalls showcasing the best of local food and produce. Highlights will include chef demonstrations, workshops and the popular Food and Ale Trails, which allow 200 daily ticketholders to pop into selected businesses across the town for tasty free samples.
The Local Producers Area on Waterside is a new feature on the Friday and Saturday. Local chefs will showcase the town’s own culinary talent at The Waterside Cookery Theatre, and there will be some hands-on workshops for both children and adults.
Stratforward events manager Ruth Wood said: “We’re all really excited to welcome Jean-Christophe Novelli to this year’s Stratford Town Centre Food Festival.
“We have a queue of volunteers eager to look after him for the day and the Stratforward team have all become fanatical foodies since his arrival was announced. It must be that winning combination of culinary skills and Gallic charm.”