We have an exciting line up of returning chefs as well as new appearances from the region’s hottest cheffing talent.
The main chef demo stage will once again be hosted by Jim and Lucy Fisher of Exeter Cookery School, with star appearances from Indian home cook Nila Ross; Emma Parkin of Emma’s Bread; Paul Greenhead from Exeter’s Cafe Catalan; our good friends from Good Game and MasterChef semi-finalist Annie McKenzie. Meanwhile, things will be getting hot and spicy in the Theatre of Smoke & Fire, featuring a host of BBQ chefs and smoking aficionados, from Simon ‘the Womble’ Dyer to King of Meatopia, Marcus Bawdon, to John Gower of Quiet Waters Farm. and asador David Deadman who brings the taste of Argentina to Devon.
Joe Mann and his team will be returning for another year to have fun and get messy in the Fun Kitchen tent.
Returning to Powderham Food Festival once more to head up the Exeter Cookery School Stage, Jim Fisher will be coordinating the main chef demonstration stage as well as offering visitors some top cheffy tips of his own. Fresh from opening the Exeter Cookery School down on Exeter’s historic Quayside, Jim will be imparting a wealth of knowledge learnt during his time as a professional chef, running a successful cookery school in the Dordogne with his wife and business partner, Lucy, with tips and tricks on how to wow your family and friends.
Annie McKenzie is an actor and writer who appeared on MasterChef in 2016, making it all the way to the Semi-Finals. Since her appearance on the show, Annie has launched a catering company specialising in private dining and pop up events. She also launched her theatre and dining experience, Scripts for Supper in March 2017 to rave 5* reviews.
Richard has a passion for local produce and utilising the best of West Country seasonal ingredients and can often be seen showcasing the best of the South West’s produce at local and national food festivals throughout the year.
He has managed a variety of quality operations throughout the UK, from exclusive private clubs to central London hotels. He is a member of the prestigious Academy of culinary arts as well as the Craft Guild of Chefs and an elected member of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, and most recently as Executive Chef of The Four Star Grand Hotel in Torquay for 5 years.
Now a Chef consultant and proprietor of The Devon Scone Company, he is supplying artisan made Devon scones throughout the Country, as well as guest teaching in local cookery schools and consulting on local food businesses to enhance and streamline their operations.
A vegetarian of 14 years, Marcus Bawdon used to dream about tasting the perfect steak, from well-reared cattle, dry-aged and full-flavoured, and cooked over fire to perfection. Now very much a meat-eater, Marcus lives in a beautiful part of Devon in the UK, where he loves to grow his own vegetables, cook and take pictures of food. He also works away in Aberdeen for six months of the year, so gets to play with wonderful ingredients from the North of Scotland too. Marcus loves to entertain and wanted to learn how to cook simply for large parties. He shares lots of tips and tricks on how to do this via his website – countrywoodsmoke.com – and online magazine BBQ Mag. A British BBQ usually consists of poor quality supermarket meats, cremated on the outside and raw on the inside, well things are changing, there’s a vibrant BBQ scene developing in the UK, and it’s Marcus’s passion to help you take your BBQ to a whole new level. For Powderham Food Festival, Marcus will be using the best techniques from the US and Europe and teaming them with the wonderful produce we have in the UK to make some truly memorable food.
Winner of BBQ Champ
Somerset farm owner and winner of ITV’s BBQ Champ 2015, Simon Dyer has a passion for building and cooking on barbecues. Nicknamed ‘Womble’ by his friends, Simon has built a staggering 20 barbecues from scratch – using everything from bricks to a washing machine. He loves cooking outside so much that he can even be found grilling meat on New Year’s Eve. With a passion for the wild side of cooking outdoors, Simon enjoys foraging for wild ingredients and smoking fish, cheese, nuts and salts. His love for cooking outdoors is the reason he decided to apply for ITV’s BBQ Champ show. “I wanted to give it a go,” explains the dad-of-two. “This is something I love doing. As a farmer, I am an outdoor person. I love the whole thing of lighting a fire, preparing food and then cooking. It’s very relaxing. Most of my meals are cooked outside and my big thing is to do Sunday lunch. Friends come around, it’s a social thing and we all stand around with the fire going. Everyone helps out. There is nothing better than cooking on coals.”
Cooking ‘seriously’ outdoors for more than ten years, Simon turned to recycling old materials to make a BBQ because he couldn’t afford to buy a new one. “I couldn’t afford the £500 for a smoker, so I decided to build it myself. I’ve built over 20 now. People bring old barbecues to me and I add on bits. I like using stuff that people have thrown away and turning them into cookers and culinary masterpieces.” Simon hopes the BBQ Champ TV show will inspire millions to: “Get out and give it a go.” He advises. “People keep thinking barbecuing is about sausages, burgers and chicken – it’s not – there are so many things you can experiment with on a BBQ.” A huge hit with the Powderham Food Festival crowd in previous years, Simon will once again be bringing his inimitable style of barbecuing and smoking to the Festival on 7th & 8th October.
Quiet Waters Farm
John Gower is the man behind Quiet Waters Farm in North Devon, a small farm raising livestock and crops naturally, making and teaching Charcuterie, UK admin for ‘Salt Cured Pig’ the global curing group, developing custom blend sausages, rubs and sauces for retail sale and the Restaurant trade but happiest of all cooking home grown food over fire whether at events for thousands or at home for friends and family. Makes the best tacos and as for his asado chickens! John will also be selling a range of his high quality sausages and charcuterie as well demonstrating how to cook tastiest BBQ food.
Emma has been baking bread for a living for over 11 years, and for the last six years has been running Emma’s Bread out of the Real Food Store in Exeter. She is one of a small but growing band of dedicated artisan bakers creating a range of breads that bear absolutely no resemblance to the plastic-wrapped, sliced varieties sold in supermarkets. She loves her job and what she produces, and freely admits that she could talk about it all day. We look forward to hearing baking wisdom from Emma on Exeter Cookery School stage.