Seaham Food Festival

Sunday chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival

The full celebrity line-up for Seaham Food Festival has been confirmed with the announcement of the final chefs who will be taking to the cookery stage.

The Durham County Council-run festival will return to Seaham’s coastline on Saturday August 3 and Sunday August 4, with two days featuring food from the region’s traders as well as family entertainment and chef demonstrations.

Organisers had already confirmed TV chefs Rosemary Shrager, Phil Vickery and Bishop Auckland’s Mike Bartley will appear at the cookery theatre on Saturday, accompanied by host Chris Bavin.

They will be followed by world-renowned chocolatier Paul Young, who will be giving a cookery demonstration to festivalgoers on Sunday.

Paul has been named one of the world’s finest master chocolatiers since opening his first chocolatery in 2006. He is known for his innovation, creative flavour combinations and his approachable way of making chocolate part of anyone’s cooking repertoire. Growing up in Trimdon Station, Paul trained to be a chef at New College Durham, where he fell in love with baking and all things sweet. He has worked in several restaurants including in Whitby, Leeds, and at Marco Pierre White’s and La Rascasse in London. Paul was a regular chef on Great/Good Food Live with UKTV Food and has also appeared on This Morning, Alan Titchmarsh, Sunday Brunch, Saturday Kitchen, The Apprentice, Blue Peter, The Sweet Makers, Snack Masters, and Top Chef US. He has four books: Adventures with Chocolate, Sensational Chocolate, How to Make Chocolates and The Joy of Chocolate. In 2022 he launched Chocolate at Home, a one-to-one hands-on masterclass from his home kitchen teaching all the fundamentals of chocolate making.

Joining Paul on Sunday is Great British Bake Off finalist Josh Smalley, who captivated audiences with his impressive array of showstoppers and attention to detail.

With a doctorate in chemistry, Josh loves to combine his culinary creations with an insight into the science behind them, showing how everyone can be a scientist. Josh also has a passion for gardening and is a big advocate of cooking with seasonal produce. He maintains a large kitchen garden at his home, growing everything from the weird to the wonderful, using all his produce to flavour his food.

Closing off the weekend is former MTV Dirty Sanchez frontman Matt Pritchard.

Matt has left his pranking days behind for his love of vegan food, health and fitness. His cooking series, Dirty Vegan, premiered on BBC1 Wales, coinciding with the launch of his vegan cookbook of the same name. Matt released a second book, Dirty Vegan: Another Bite, which was followed by a second instalment of the TV series, encouraging the public to try out Veganuary and lead healthier lifestyles. He has a busy few months ahead with the release of his new cookbook Dirty Vegan, Fast and Easy and his new training supplement Sleep When You Are Dead.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “We are pleased to announce the remaining celebrity chefs for Seaham Food Festival. We have an excellent line-up this year with diverse demonstrations that are not to be missed. Seaham Food Festival is not just about celebrating the fantastic produce made here in County Durham and the wider North East, but about showcasing the cookery talents to come out of the region, such as Paul and Mike. We are really looking forward to welcoming both back to Seaham, as with all our fantastic chefs in this year’s line-up.”

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