Southwold: TV chef Gizzi Erskine will go down a treat at Latitude

Gizzi Erskine

Gizzi Erskine - Credit: Archant

Chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine will be giving Latitude Festival visitors plenty to savour this weekend.

Jay Rayner

Jay Rayner - Credit: Optomen

She’ll be hosting a cookery cabaret stage where there’ll be demonstrations from some of the most exciting chefs in the business, along with some of her friends and well-known faces Neil Rankin, Carl Clarke and Jack Stein.

There will also be live food-related cabaret acts running in between the chefs’ demonstrations and after hours the stage will turn into a kitchen party, with live bands and DJ sets from the Broken Hearts and Gizzi herself.

Appearing on countless TV programmes including Cookery School, Cook Yourself Thin and Iron Chef for Channel 4, plus Cooks To Market for Sky Living she is contributing editor for InStyle, The Sunday Times and Fabulous Magazine.

She recently hosted the Observer Food Monthly awards alongside Jay Rayner, who has has just been announced for Latitude’s Film and Music Arena with his BBC Radio 4 food panel show The Kitchen Cabinet which travels round the country each week visiting interesting food locations and meeting local food-loving people. It comes to Latitude on Sunday.


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Gizzi is famed for the pop-up, having been one of the first chefs to back the trend of pop-up restaurants now popular across London. She has opened four in the past three years offering everything from smoothies to pies, with her latest venture K Town based on an all-round authentic Korean experience of food, music and drinking.

With her unique and fresh approach to cooking and her edgy attitude and 1960s style it’s going to be a spectacle.

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For a flavour of East London on the coast of East Anglia, there’s Latitude’s sit down restaurant Rotary Bar and Diner. Brought to you by the team behind Giant Robot, they are back with their new all-day until late-night bar and diner.

Relocating from its Old Street home, Rotary will serve up great food, fresh coffee, cold beer and pint-sized cocktails with the menu focusing on wood-grilled British meat, fresh fish, barbecue, buns and lots of salads from the salad and sundae bar.

Jam Rocks is a new addition to the food on offer at this year’s event and is one meal you won’t want to miss. A true authentic Jamaican set up complete with jerk chicken, jammin’ beats and more.

Festival goers can also dine around the world in 80 bites. A huge array of food will be on offer, from falafels, wood fired pizza, British pies and noodles to Ostrich burgers, vegetarian specialities, Mexican, Caribbean, risotto, thai, smoothies, cupcakes and everything in between.

For more about the Rotary Bar and Diner, travel information, festival map and suggestions from stage programmers on what to see, see Friday’s paper. See Saturday’s East Anglian Daily Times for more coverage and Monday’s EDT for a 12-page round-up of the festival. Go online for exclusive web content, including a full interview with festival founder Melvin Benn and past Latitude memories.

Latitude runs from July 18-21 at Henham Park, Southwold.

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