Recipes from this year

The Festival of Food may be over for this year, but now you can try cooking a few of the dishes our 2016 chefs made for yourself. Use the links below to follow some of the recipes you might have seen demonstrated:

Activities from 2016

Talks, demos and book signing

Plan your perfect foodie weekend with our schedule of events, all of which are free with Eden admission. These sessions take place in either the Canopy Stage (outside the Eden Kitchen cafe), the Dome Tent Stage (by the arena), or the Citrus Grove in the Mediterranean Biome.

Friday 9 September 12pm Live cookery demo by Vivek Singh Eden Kitchen
12pm Talk by Olives Et Al Med Biome
12.30pm Live cookery demo by John Whaite Arena
12.45pm Wine tasting with Susy Atkins Med Biome
1.45pm Wine tasting with Susy Atkins Med Biome
2pm Live cookery demo by John Whaite Arena
2.30pm Live cookery demo by Vivek Singh Eden Kitchen
2.45pm onwards Book signing with Susy Atkins Arena
Saturday 10 September          11am Herbal Digestifs talk by Pukka Herbs Eden Kitchen
12pm Talk by Olives Et Al Med Biome
12pm Live cookery demo by Phil Vickery  Eden Kitchen
12pm Live cookery demo by Lesley Waters  Arena
12.45pm Wine tasting with Susy Atkins Med Biome
1pm Pukka Herbs tour Pukka Tea Box
1.45pm Wine tasting with Susy Atkins Med Biome
2pm Superspices talk by Pukka Herbs Eden Kitchen
2.30pm Live cookery demo by Phil Vickery Eden Kitchen
2.30pm Live cookery demo by Lesley Waters Arena
3.15pm onwards Book signing with Susy Atkins Arena
Sunday 11 September          11am Herbal Digestifs talk by Pukka Herbs Eden Kitchen
12pm Live cookery demo by Brian Turner Arena
12pm Talk by Olives Et Al Med Biome
12pm Live cookery demo by Jun Tanaka Eden Kitchen
1pm Pukka Herbs tour Pukka Tea Box
12.45pm Wine tasting with Susy Atkins Med Biome
1.45pm Wine tasting with Susy Atkins Med Biome
2pm Superspices talk by Pukka Herbs Eden Kitchen
2.30pm Live cookery demo by Jun Tanaka Eden Kitchen
2.30pm Live cookery demo by Brian Turner Arena
3.15pm onwards Book signing with Susy Atkins Arena


Activities running all weekend

As well as our scheduled demos, talks and wine tasting, there are lots of other activities to get involved in…

Family food sessions

Learn more about food, health and the planet by: having a go on our pedal-powered smoothie bike to turn ugly fruit and veg into a delicious drink; grinding your own corn flour to make tasty tortillas; rolling your own insect sushi. Find out why we’re doing this.

Pukka tea tasting

Sample tempting teas throughout the day, by visiting the Pukka Tea Box, just outside the Eden Kitchen. 

‘Try and buy’ food fair

Throughout the weekend you'll be able to sample delicious foodie treats from local and regional producers including Olives Et Al, Knightor Wine, Southwestern Distillery, St Austell Brewery, Buttermilk, Cornish Sea Salt, Brownie Baker, The Cherry Tree, The Wonky Kitchen, Food of The Gods, Haywood Farm, Charlie and Ivys, Haye Farm Cider, Aval Dor Vodka, Cornish Edible Insects, Riverford Organic, Little Gin Box, Curio Spirits Company, 918 Coffee, Devon and Cornwall Food Association, and Rainforest Alliance.

Celebrity chefs and food experts

Find out more about the chefs and passionate foodies who'll be making an appearance at our food festival. 

Vivek Singh 

Vivek SinghVivek Singh is one of the most successful and respected modern Indian chefs in the country, with three renowned London restaurants to his name – the authentic dining experience of The Cinnamon Club, the City’s Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Soho.

His refined approach to Indian cuisine changed the perception of Indian food in the UK and his success and reputation has continued to grow with the publication of five cookbooks, media appearances and a regular guest slot on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.

John Whaite

John WhaiteJohn Whaite is a British food writer. He studied at Le Cordon Bleu, though his love of food came from learning at his mother's knee. He writes for the Telegraph and is resident chef on ITV's Lorraine. 

Food has always been John's passion. He grew up on a dairy farm where he learned about British produce and the importance of supporting local food producers and artisan crafters. His parents also owned a fish and chip shop, where John started his first job - as potato peeler - at just 10. 

Gaining a first class degree in Law from the University of Manchester after declining a place to study at Oxford University, John decided to hang up the gown and don the apron, a decision spurred on after he won the third series of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off.

Phil Vickery

Phil VickeryPhil Vickery is a chef, presenter and cookery book author.

Phil Vickery has been a part of the ‘This Morning’ family for over 14 years with viewing figures in excess of 3 million and he is regarded as one of Britain’s favourite chefs.

Phil is a chef trained to the highest standards.  He began his career as a Commis Chef at The Burlington Hotel on Folkestone seafront. He worked his way up the kitchen ranks and has worked in Michael’s Nook hotel in Grasmere, Cumbria, the Michelin starred Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead and Ian McAndrew’s Michelin starred restaurant ‘74’.

Phil went to the West Country and to The Castle hotel in Taunton as Head Chef where he won a Michelin star, 4 Rosettes in the AA guide, the Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year, The Times Restaurant of the Year, Egon Ronay’s Guide Dessert Chef of the Year and British Meat Chef of The Year, among many other accolades.

Phil’s first TV appearance came after he was invited to fill in for Keith Floyd on the Breakfast Programme, and over the past 17 years he has appeared on the BBC Holiday Programme, Ready Steady Cook, Proof Of The Pudding, his own series Phil Vickery’s Pudding Club and of course This Morning, presenting live and pre-recorded cookery items.

Phil is a prolific and highly regarded cookery author having written 15 books, including his most recent, ‘Game: A Modern Approach to Preparing, Cooking and Curing’ – he also finds time to farm and spends many hours working on the land and with his livestock.

He is the leading authority on Gluten-Free products and recipes, his books sell worldwide, and have won many awards. He is the National Food Ambassador for Coeliac UK.

Lesley Waters

Well known for her regular television appearances on Ready Steady Cook, Great Food Live and This Morning, Lesley is also the author of several Cookery Books.

Lesley studied French Cuisine for three years at Ealing College, which included time as a chef at the Waldorf Hotel.  During this training period, she won one gold, and two silver medals at Hotelympia and was awarded a scholarship to the Hotel Intercontinental, Dusseldorf.  She joined Prue Leith's restaurant and was quickly promoted to senior chef. She then worked as a freelance corporate chef and caterer for government officials before joining Leith's School of Food and Wine as an instructor, rising to head tutor.

Originally a Londoner, Lesley was quickly charmed by the beauty of the West Dorset area and inspired by the superb quality of the fresh local produce available right on her doorstep. She likes to cook seasonal food whenever possible and her simple, modern style creates dishes that are easy to recreate with stunning results. Teaching has always been her great passion and opening her own Cookery School in this amazing location is the realisation of a long held dream. Lesley has recently been filming a new series with BBC1 ‘Put your menu where your mouth is’.

Brian Turner 

Brian TurnerBrian Turner is said to be one of Britain’s most well-known chefs having trained at Simpson’s in the Strand, The Savoy, The Beau Rivage in Lausanne and Claridge’s.

In 1971 he opened the kitchens of The Capital Hotel with Richard Shepherd where they won a then rare Michelin star. In 1986 he opened his own restaurant Turner’s in Walton Street, Chelsea. After fifteen years of success he opened restaurants in Birmingham and Slough and in 2003 at The Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair.

Turner is the President of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts which he has combined with a successful career as a TV personality. Having been on the first ever Ready Steady Cook Show Turner served 14 and a half years on the very successful programme as well as many appearances on This Morning, Saturday Kitchen, Daily Cooks Challenge and many others over the years.

Brian plays an active role in campaigns to encourage British people to get back into the kitchen and enjoy cooking even more.

Jun Tanaka

Jun TanakaJun is Head Chef and owner of The Ninth, a contemporary restaurant in the heart of London’s buzzy Fitzrovia. The warm and inviting restaurant serves up simple but refined French-Mediterranean style dishes which are all made for sharing. Having only opened in November 2015, Jun’s hotly anticipated opening of his first solo restaurant since The Pearl has received glowing reviews and a busy restaurant!

With over 20 years’ experience working in London’s top restaurants such as Le Gavroche, The Restaurant Marco Pierre White and The Square, where he was trained in classic French cuisine by Marco Pierre White, Phillip Howard and The Roux brothers. The US-born, UK-raised chef Jun Tanaka has become a household name in the restaurant industry as well as a recognised face on television.

Jun’s career in television dates back to 2006, when he presented his own series, Cooking It, on Channel 4. He has since been a regular on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, UKTV’s Market Kitchen and BBC2’s Something for the Weekend, and appeared on various other shows such as Masterchef, Michel Roux Jr’s Food & Drink, and Food Network US’s Chopped, where he won the title of Chopped Grand Champion in 2013.

Susy Atkins

Susy began her career as a young wine writer in the early 1990s. She went on to work for the Consumers' Assocation, editing Which? Wine Monthly and Wine Guide. Susy now writes a regular weekly column for the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine and is the drinks editor of Delicious magazine.

Her books include Wine Wisdom, How To Choose Wine, Wine Made Easy and the fun pocket-book Girls' Guide to Wine. She has won both the Glenfiddich Food & Drink award and the Prix du Champagne Lanson wine writing award for her books.

Susy is familiar to many wine and food lovers as a regular wine expert and presenter on BBC1's flag-ship cookery show Saturday Kitchen.