Big names take to cookery stage at this year’s Suffolk Show

Bethany Foster will be on the Cookery Theatre stage at this year's Suffolk Show.

Bethany Foster will be on the Cookery Theatre stage at this year's Suffolk Show. - Credit: Archant

The names of a host of top chefs from across East Anglia who will be staging live cookery demonstrations to Suffolk Show-goers this year have been revealed.

The chefs – who are all at the helm of top eateries from across Suffolk – will be appearing at the two-day county show in the East of England Co-op Cookery Theatre, which is jointly sponsored by East of England Co-op, Adnams and the Suffolk Agricultural Association.

Among the big names to join the line-up are the award-winning Chris Lee from the Crown at Bildeston and Robert Mace, head chef at the Sail Loft in Southwold. Joining them will be the Swan at Lavenham head chef Justin Kett and its head pastry chef Anmar Odendal.

James Barber from the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh, Jonny Nicholson from the Bell at Sax’ will also be taking to the stage, along with Mark Allen executive head chef at the Swan at Monks Eleigh, and Julian Bisbal, its head chef.

Each will be cooking with ingredients provided by the East of England Co-op – with most of them coming from its Sourced Locally Range – and they will be sharing their favourite recipes and top tips with audience members.


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Show director Bill Baker said: “We’re delighted to welcome some of the county’s top chefs to the Suffolk Show and are looking forward to seeing what delicious dishes they create. The Cookery Theatre is always one of the biggest draws for our visitors and they’ll certainly be well catered for this year.”

Minnie Moll, joint chief executive at the East of England Co-op said it was a stellar line up of chefs.

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“They will be using our Sourced Locally produce to make what will no doubt be mouth-watering meals and we’re really looking forward to tasting their creations,” she said.

Other personalities who will be on the Cookery Theatre stage at the county show include renowned cookery teacher Emma Crowhurst and forager Carl Shillingford, who also runs the pop up restaurant Shillingfords at The Quay at The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.

There will also be a demonstration for teenagers from amateur chef, Bethany Foster, 16, on day one of the show. She will be joined by her mum, forager Julie Foster, and her 13-year-old brother for a session on family cooking on day two.

The East of England Co-op is a new joint sponsor of the Cookery Theatre this year and the Suffolk Show takes place during its Sourced Locally Fortnight, which takes place from May 30 to June 12.

The organisation has also arranged for a number of its Sourced Locally suppliers to give talks at the event – Hundred River Foods will be giving butchery demonstrations on both days, J R & K Poll Asparagus will be talking about the journey of its seasonal asparagus from farm to fork and Fairfields Farm Crisps – the East of England Co-op’s Sourced Locally Producer of the Year – will be talking about its potato farm and hand cooked crisps.

Discounted advanced tickets to the Suffolk Show, which takes place on June 1 and 2, are now on sale. Visit their website or phone the ticket hotline on 01473 707117.

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