Chef demonstrations

Our Festival of Food features a number of live cooking demonstrations from well-known chefs, including the following scheduled events. All of these are included within admission to Eden.

Friday 9 September

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.

Saturday 10 September 

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.

Sunday 11 September 

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.

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