First celebrity chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival

Three stars of MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off are set to headline this summer’s Seaham Food Festival.

The event returns Saturday August 5 and Sunday August 6 with a sensational line up of food and drink traders, family entertainment and live music.

The Durham County Council-run festival will once again feature an open-air cookery theatre, where a host of well-known faces will be enticing audiences with mouth-watering cookery demonstrations across the two days.

The first celebrity chef announced for Saturday’s cookery stage is MasterChef 2023 champion Eddie Scott. Since MasterChef, he’s left behind a successful career as a marine pilot to embark on a new and exciting life in food, having worked at The Pipe and Glass in Beverley and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London.

Eddie will be joined on the Saturday by Great British Bake Off 2022 winner Syabira Yusoff. During her time in the tent, Syabira surprised and delighted the judges with her unusual flavour combinations and imaginative bakes.

Freya Cox will also be taking to the cookery stage in August. The 21-year-old has a passion for vegan baking, which she showcased last year as the Great British Bake Off’s first-ever vegan contestant. Her first recipe book, Simply Vegan Baking, was published last year.

They’ll be joined by crowd favourite and TV presenter Chris Bavin, who returns as host. Chris co-presents BBC One’s Eat Well for Less? alongside Jordan Banjo and is a regular on The One Show. He’s also presented Tomorrow’s Food with Dara O’Brian, Food: Truth or Scare with Gloria Hunniford, and was a judge on Britain’s Best Home Cook with Mary Berry.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “We are now in the 10-week countdown to Seaham Food Festival and are thrilled to be able to announce the first famous faces set to inspire audiences with their unique cooking styles when they take to our cookery stage. More celebrity guests are set to be announced very soon, along with details of food traders, family entertainment, and cookery workshops. As 2023 has been designated as Year of the Coast, we are really excited this year to shine a light on our stunning coastline, promoting all it has to offer as a thriving visitor destination.”

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