Date: 
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 17:30

Antonio Carluccio, renowned Italian cookery writer, restaurateur and TV presenter is one of the top chefs at the Eden Project’s Harvest festival.

Harvest is returning for five weeks of food and drink fun starting on September 6. The first two weeks are dedicated to demonstrations, question and answer sessions and book-signings from some of the best culinary talents in the UK.

Antonio, whose career of cooking and championing regional Italian food spans more than 55 years, is regarded as the Godfather of Italian Gastronomy. He has written 13 books and has starred in numerous TV programmes including Antonio Carluccio’s Southern Italian Feast and Two Greedy Italians.

He will be using fresh vegetables grown at Eden in his cookery demonstration on Sunday, September 14.

First to take to the stage during the festival will be Jack Monroe, star blogger and author of bestselling cookery book A Girl Called Jack, along with Allegra McEvedy, co-founder of the healthy fast-food restaurant group Leon, food writer and regular on TV cooking programmes, whose co-demonstration will take place on September 6.

The fortnight will feature appearances from Kimberley Wilson, finalist of last year’s Great British Bake-Off, and Natalie Coleman, former credit controller, techno DJ and last year’s BBC Masterchef champion. Natalie will be appearing on September 10 and Kimberley on September 13.

Also on the bill will be Jeremy Pang from the School of Wok, London's top Oriental & Asian cookery school, who will be demonstrating the spectacular process of making hand-pulled noodles, as recently seen on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.

Thom Hunt, fisherman and forager and one third of TV’s Three Hungry Boys, will be doing a demonstration on September 17 and chefs from The Ethicurian, a kitchen garden restaurant in Bristol, will also be on hand during the festival.

Kate Francis, Eden’s Senior Programme Lead, said: “Eden’s Harvest is back even bigger and better than it was last year. We have a great variety of chefs in the first fortnight and a fantastic programme in the weeks afterwards. This autumn Eden is going to be a heaven for foodies.”

On September 20 and 21, there will be a whole weekend of activities celebrating chillies and the wide array of varieties to see, including demonstrations from Edson Diaz-Fuentes, head of menu innovation at Wahaca, the group of innovative Mexican market food restaurants.

From September 22 to 28, the project will be focussing on the African superfruit baobab, which boasts six times the level of vitamin C than found in oranges. There will be a demonstration by Frances Quinn, winner of last year’s Great British Bake-Off, as well as Stephane Delourme, head chef at Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant in Padstow.

From September 29 to October 5, the focus will be on all things alcoholic, with beer, wine, cider and spirits all being showcased. On October 4, Eden’s second annual beer festival, run in partnership with St. Austell Brewery, takes place.

Harvest activities are included in the standard Eden Project admission price. Tickets to the Beer Festival cost £10 each and can be bought online. For more information on the event and to buy tickets to the Beer Festival, go to: www.edenproject.com/harvest