Check out the 2019 lineup

Mary Berry

Friday 30 August

Mary Berry is one the country’s best loved cookery writers, television presenters and Red Sock (!) and it is a real honour to have her back in the Cookery Demonstration Tent for her seventh year. The past couple of years have been extremely busy for Mary who has been fronting a number of series for the BBC including cookery programmes Mary Berry Everyday, Classic Mary Berry, Mary Berry's Country House Secrets and most recently lead judge on the new TV series Britain's Best Home Cook which is set to return for a second series.  Mary also guest presented on Gardeners' World and from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Mary trained at The Cordon Bleu in Paris and Bath School of Home Economics and in the swinging ‘60s became the cookery editor of Housewife magazine and later, Ideal Home magazine. She first appeared on television in the 1970’s when she became the resident cook on Afternoon Plus with Judith Chalmers. Since then she has written over eighty cookery books with total sales of over six million and appeared on. Mary will be signing copies of her cookery books after each demonstration.

James Martin

Saturday 31 August

James made a great impact with his television debut in November 1996 and has rarely been off screen since. He was a regular chef on Ready Steady Cook (BBC2), and in 2006 reached the semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1). He went on to present BBC1’s hit series Saturday Kitchen for 10 years, regularly attracting viewers in excess of 3.5 million.

2017 has seen James’ career soar, with new series for ITV; ‘James Martin’s French Adventure’, ‘James Martin’s American Adventure’, and a return to weekend TV in ‘Saturday Morning with James Martin’. After featuring his beloved dogs in previous series, James will host episodes of ‘Britain’s Favourite Dogs’ for ITV, and ‘Walks with my Dog’ for Channel 4.

For three years James had his restaurant at The Talbot, in Malton, North Yorkshire, where he spent all of his childhood. The restaurant was placed in the Michelin Guide within a year of opening in 2012. James Martin Manchester opened in September 2013 and listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants 2015. His latest venture, James Martin Kitchen, opened in 2015 at Stansted Airport leading to further successful openings at Manchester Piccadilly station, Glasgow Airport and Debenhams Lakeside, with more to come. In February 2017 James opened his cookery school at Chewton Glen.

James is passionate about celebrating British food, using the best ingredients possible to create simple, delicious recipes accessible to all. When not pursuing his love of food, James follows his other interests of bikes, planes and automobiles.

James is the author of 18 popular cook books and he will be signing his book after his demonstrations.

The Hairy Bikers

Sunday 1 September

Si King and Dave Myers have become national treasures and have been cooking together for more than twenty years. Born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness, Dave Myers has worked as a furnace-man in a steelworks to finance his studies in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths, where he joined the BBC as a make-up artist specialising in prosthetics. Hailing from North East, Si has worked for many years as a First Assistant Director and Locations Manager for film and television, including the Harry Potter films.

Their television credits include over 20 series’ including Mums Know Best and Asian Adventure. In recent years, viewers watched Si and Dave on The Pubs That Built Britain, which saw them exploring hundreds of years of history and traditions of various British watering holes. Northern Exposure saw Dave and Si head north on a Baltic adventure in search of local flavours and cuisines and in recent years the duo also celebrated Chinese New Year for a series on BBC2. For Chicken & Egg they biked across Europe, the Middle East and America in search of the best chicken and egg recipes. They then cooked some of their favourite dishes in Comfort Food and last year the Hairy Bikers sought after the authentic flavours of the Mediterranean in Mediterranean Adventure.

The Hairy Bikers have an extensive catalogue of books, including Perfect Pies, Big Book of Baking and Great Curries. Their most recent publications are Mediterranean Adventure and Make it Easy; the latest edition in The Hairy Dieters series.

Jose Souto 

Friday 30, Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September

Jose studied at Westminster Kingsway College. After leaving college and doing a stint abroad in Spain, Jose worked as a Chef at the House of Commons (HOC) for over 11 years. While working at the Commons he also took the opportunity to work at some of London’s top establishments including Le Meridien, Mossimans, The Ritz, the Intercontinental Park Lane and The Savoy. In 2004, he wrote a training manual on Game for the trainee chefs at the HOC which lead to a lecturing post at Westminster Kingsway College. Since then he has become one of the leading Game Chefs in the UK with knowledge of not only how to cook Game but also about its harvest and preparation. 

Jose is a keen countryman living in Cambridgeshire with his wife Charlotte who has a well-known falconry business CJ’s Birds of Prey and their son Luis. He practices most country sports, Falconry and Stalking being the ones he loves most.

The Clink

Friday 30 August

The Clink works in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service to deliver 11 training projects: 4 restaurants, 2 gardens, 3 kitchens, 1 events catering business and 1 cafe.

All projects utilise our Five Step Integrated Programme to ensure that students receive the support they need, not only while they are in prison but also post-release: Recruit, Train, Support, find Employment and Mentor.

The delicious, high-quality meals at The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal are cooked and served by the prisoners in training who are working towards gaining their City & Guilds NVQs in Food & Beverage Service, Professional Cookery and Food Hygiene.

Tim Sidaway - The Fisherman's Rest

Friday 30 August to Sunday1 September

Tim is an organic farmer turned award-winning chef who works with seasonal local and ethical produce at his pub The Fisherman’s Rest in Belper. Tim says, “I’m convinced that sustainable food production has to work with nature not against it and produces a better final product. This is vital to me at the pub”.

“Like my ethos for the farm, my approach to the restaurant business has been to follow my instincts and creativity rather than the crowd. Our menu is ever changing which keeps things fresh for us and the customers. We have developed lots of good relationships with local business and individuals when it comes to sourcing supplies from the best Derbyshire has to offer”.

Tim is an experienced forager, using many wild ingredients in dishes throughout the year some of which will feature in his cookery demonstrations over the weekend.

University of Derby

Friday 30 August

The University of Derby’s Devonshire Dome Campus in Buxton hosts the department of Culinary Arts and Food Development, training and developing the next generation of future chefs and hospitality professionals. A team of lecturers and students will be at the Chatsworth Country Fair demonstrating their culinary skills.

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James Payne - Fischer's

Friday 30 August 

James Payne always knew his future lay in food. At a young age, he worked at his local Italian, Pinocchio’s in Barnsley whilst studying at Barnsley Catering College. As part of his work experience at college, James secured a position at Gordon Ramsay’s Claridge’s in London where he stayed for two and a half years.

In 2010, James Joined Fischer’s Baslow Hall moving up the ranks to Head Chef in 2019. His favourite aspect of the job is collecting fresh vegetables, salads and micro herbs from the garden and continually learning new techniques.

He would suggest anyone who enjoys cooking should try to grow their own vegetables. During the summer months, James grows potatoes, peas, radishes, beetroots, tomatoes and various salads. His favourite piece of kitchen equipment is ‘proper’ sharp knives (said in your best Yorkshire accent)!

Chris Mapp - The Tickled Trout

Friday 30 August and Saturday 31 August

Chris owns the proudly independent award-winning ‘The Tickled Trout’ nestled in the idyllic Derbyshire village of Barlow. Since opening in the summer of 2014, The Tickled Trout’s reputation has grown and is regarded as one of the best places to eat in Derbyshire having won the Derbyshire Life Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year 2018.

Chris exudes a passion for food and his pedigree as a Chef is impeccable, training under Marcus Wareing at the Michelin starred Pétrus restaurant in London before heading to the Michelin starred Greenhouse restaurant in Mayfair. More recently, he co-owned the famous No.6 Restaurant in Padstow in partnership with his good friend Paul Ainsworth before returning to his home county. Chris couldn’t believe his luck when his old local came up for sale and has worked tirelessly with his team to create this stunning dining pub that his home village can feel proud of, using top ingredients sourced from excellent local artisan suppliers they know and trust.

Leo Hill – Arther's

Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September

Leo opened Arthur’s, Belper in April of 2018. The menu consists of playful twists on British staples using the best suppliers available within Derbyshire. His nose to tail approach to meat and fish often comes into play on the tasting menu, something he feels passionately about after staging at renown zero waste restaurant, Silo, in Brighton.

Growing up in Belper Leo often has dishes based around his experiences living in the area, taking inspiration from the local Chinese takeaway, quick after school dinners made by his mum, fishing with his grandad (who the restaurant is named after) along the river bank and getting ice cream in the summer from the van in the River Gardens playground. Leo aims for his food to be a delicious and honest reflection of Derby snap for Derby folk.

Eva Humphries – Wholefood Warrior

Saturday 31 August

Eva is a BANT registered nutritionist with a realistic approach to healthy eating. Having spent a number of years working in the IT sector, Eva knows that dieting rarely promotes positivity and the majority of us are just too busy to follow rigid programmes. She believes that smart nutrition is about adding in nutrients, or simply eating more of the good stuff, instead of avoiding every ‘bad’ food group. Her easy to follow, energetic cookery demonstrations create the kind of dishes that are nutritious, taste good and can be recreated at home. Eva is an avid supporter of British ingredients and champions sustainable produce. When not on stage, she carries out nutritional therapy consultations, provides well-being talks for businesses, speaks at conferences or writes for magazines, all in the name of promoting evidence-based, fad-free nutrition.

Ben Peverall - The Cow

Sunday 1 September

Award-winning Michelin trained Ben Peverall has worked in the catering industry for over 14 years. He began his career at the 2AA Rosette Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland and was Head chef at the prestigious Loch Lomond Golf Club where managed nine chefs. It is from these beginnings he grew to become one of the much sort after talents that he is today.

Ben loves the family atmosphere at The Cow and running this newly formed boutique hotel nestled in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales; although still much in its infancy it has been scooping awards since opening a year and a half ago and has been recognised by Sawday’s and The Times and Telegraph as one of the top 10 places to visit in the country.”  The eclectic, innovative and fun menu has creating many a talking point and adds a refreshing addition to the food and drink scene within this quiet part of Derbyshire”.

Luke Payne - The Pack Horse

Sunday 1 September

Luke took over as head chef/owner at The Pack Horse, Hayfield in September 2016. Coming from an entirely self-taught background, Luke’s cooking is influenced by his thrifty living at university and using his free time to watch reruns of River Cottage, where he found his passion for seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients. He cites the unique-yet-simple bistro style of chef/restaurateur Gary Usher as his biggest inspiration. This foundation, along with a constant flow of ever-changing, British seasonal produce allows each of Luke’s dishes to be a snapshot of the British food year, cooked and prepared with traditional methods and allowing each ingredient its own chance to shine.

Alex Fletcher - Chunki Chef

Sunday 1 September

Introducing Chunki Chef who is the Former head chef of multi award winning farm to fork Derbyshire bistro, winning both restaurant of the year and best newcomer in Derbyshire, using fresh local ingredients, sustainably sourced items, foraged items, which are cooked simply the rustic way.

He has recipes and interviews in Derbyshire life, I'm savvy, IN magazine and most recently Devon life, most recently he was shortlisted for tastiest breakfast in Europe.

Keep an eye out for his upcoming recipe cookbook with over 70 rustic recipes.

Adam Harper - Cavendish Hotel

Sunday 1 September

Adam is the Head Chef at the Cavendish Hotel, Baslow. He is very enthusiastic about cooking and thrives in the kitchen with his passion and natural creativity. He recently made it through to the Finals of the prestigious Roux Scholarship competition this year and came runner-up.

He will be cooking, Cornish halibut, golden beetroots, fennel, strawberry and a vermouth sauce.​