Anjali Pathak will add flavour to Bolton's Food and Drink Festival when she takes centre stage this weekend.
Organisers have secured the support of the Bolton 28-year-old for the event, which runs from today (Friday August 28) to Sunday August 30.
Born into the Pathak spice empire, one of the most famous food families in Britain, Anjali is the daughter of founders Kirit and Meena Pathak.
She will be cooking a dish in the Rangemaster cookery theatre in Victoria Square on Saturday August 29 at 4pm. The cuisine queen will be creating a healthy Indian meal, with seabass as her main course served with a simple aromatic pilau rice.
Anjali is one of a whole host of local chefs who will be rustling up dishes throughout the festival, hoping to pass on free tips and advice to aspiring cooks.
The following chefs will be cooking dishes today:- Bolton Council head chef Steve Anderson at 2pm; community nutrition worker Joan Farnworth from NHS Bolton at 2.45pm, and school meals chef Philip Ogden at 3.15pm.
On Saturday August 29:- chef John Benson Smith will be cooking at noon and 2.15pm; head chef from the Olive Press at 12.45pm, and Mike Harrison from Zest at 1.30pm.
On Sunday August 30, the last day of the festival, there will be a cooking demo with a chef from Egerton House at noon, and a talk by Warburtons at 2pm.
Cooking demonstrations are free and council chiefs are encouraging the public to come down. Councillor John Byrne, Bolton Council's Executive Member for Development, said: "Tickets for demos by the stars of this year’s festival the Hairy Bikers and James Martin have sold out but we’ve still got loads happening. I think this is going to be the best festival to date and we want people to really get behind it."
He added: “Securing Anjali for the festival is a huge draw. Within Bolton we have a real mix of cultures and we want to celebrate our diversity in this festival. We have a wide range of restaurants and shops in the borough which cater for different communities and many have put in place special events and offers for the event, some of which extend in to September. A continental market will be selling food and drink throughout the festival.”
Anjali said: “I really wanted to get involved in this year’s festival and I think it’s a great way to support the local community. Hopefully it will inspire people and get them back in the kitchen. I was brought up in the kitchen and food was the main event of our household. Bolton’s got so many things to shout about and I think the festival will really help put the town on the map.”
The event has been organised by Bolton Council, and is being sponsored by Warburton's, Bolton’s family baker.