National celebrities at Thame Food Festival

PUBLISHED: 14:18 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:18 19 September 2014

Raymond Blanc cookery demo

Raymond Blanc cookery demo


National celebrity and high profile local chefs will be making an appearance at Thame Food Festival - Saturday, 27 September.

This year sees chefs including Raymond Blanc OBE, Adam Simmonds, Sophie Grigson, Jonathan Phang, David Mooney and Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi taking to the main demo stage, which will once again be compèred by BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce. Between them, they will serve up a mouth-watering selection of dishes and inspiring ideas to try at home.

Two stars of the baking world, the ‘boy who bakes’ Edd Kimber and his fellow winner of BBC Two’s the Great British Bake Off, John Whaite, will be joining forces to do a fabulous double-act on the day, with whisks at the ready at 10am. Edd will be rustling up sublime chocolate soufflé tarts with salted caramel from his new book Pâtisserie Made Simple, whilst John will make an irresistible blackberry and gingernut marshmallow mousse cake.

TV chef Jonathan Phang will be cooking up his favourite monkfish curry recipe at 12.30, closely followed by Raymond Blanc who will share his love of simple seasonal food done to perfection in his 45 minute slot, from 1.30pm onwards.

Things really start to hot up at 4.30pm, when chefs from the world-famous Raymond Blanc Cookery School take on their counterparts from Aylesbury College in the fun cook-off now making its third appearance at the festival.

Mark Peregrine, head tutor and Raymond Blanc’s right hand man in the kitchen and his colleague Adam Johnson, Development Chef at Belmond Le Manoir, will take on students from the college as they expand their culinary horizons and try to make it 3-1 in favour of the college.


Second helping

After watching all these great chefs in action, you can then enjoy a second helping by making your way over to the interview stage outside the AGA Showroom on the Upper High Street where festival patron, TV chef and writer Lotte Duncan will be putting many of them through their paces. Headlining on the interview stage at 12 noon will be Tom Kerridge from the only pub in the land with two Michelin stars, The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, alongside Edd Kimber and John Whaite from 11am and Monsieur Blanc from 2.45pm.



An all-day programme of food and drink workshops runs at two locations across town, the Stoneworld Gallery in the Upper High Street and the Upper Chamber in the Town Hall, with sessions on pasta and sausage making as well as bread shaping and wine tasting. Sessions can be booked in advance by going to

“We’ve really got an incredible roll-call of cheffing talent coming to Thame on the day, as well as our biggest ever array of local and artisan food and drink, hands-on workshops and exciting live entertainment,” says Lotte Duncan. “Not only will you get the chance to watch a thrilling double-bill of top chefs in action, you can also get your hands on all the latest cookery books, many signed by the chefs, in our first ever pop-up book shop run by Thame’s independent book seller, The Book House. “Afterwards you can feast on some amazing street food, have a pint at The James Figg and The Thatch pop-up pub and listen to great live music.


The Thame Food Festival takes place from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 27 September in the heart of Thame town centre.

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