September 6th, 2016

Top chef Jean-Christophe Novelli at Stratford Town Centre Food Festival

TOP chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be sharing his kitchen skills and secrets at this year’s Stratford Town Centre Food Festival

The award-winning French chef will take to the stage on Sunday September 25 – the final day of the free three-day food-filled extravaganza organised by Stratforward BID (Business Improvement District) in association with Geraud Markets.

The Michelin chef started his career at the age of 14 in his home town of Arras in northern France becoming private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild at the age of 19.

He arrived in Britain in 1983, working as head chef at Keith Floyd’s pub The Maltsters before going on to open four restaurants in London. He now has his own world culinary empire and runs popular cookery courses at his Novelli Academy in the village of Tea Green, Hertfordshire.

Chef Novelli said: “It has been great working in partnership with Stratforward and Groupe Geraud to deliver an event of this scale, especially to a town as historic as Stratford.

“I’m excited to meet the locals and give them a few demonstrations, hopefully they will pick up some new tricks to take home to the kitchen!”

The festival will see Stratford town centre packed with at least 100 stalls showcasing the best of local food and produce. Highlights will include chef demonstrations, workshops and the popular Food and Ale Trails, which allow 200 daily ticketholders to pop into selected businesses across the town for tasty free samples.

The Local Producers Area on Waterside is a new feature on the Friday and Saturday. Local chefs will showcase the town’s own culinary talent at The Waterside Cookery Theatre, and there will be some hands-on workshops for both children and adults.

Stratforward events manager Ruth Wood said: “We’re all really excited to welcome Jean-Christophe Novelli to this year’s Stratford Town Centre Food Festival.

“We have a queue of volunteers eager to look after him for the day and the Stratforward team have all become fanatical foodies since his arrival was announced. It must be that winning combination of culinary skills and Gallic charm.”

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