Top regional chefs to serve up a treat 

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Manchester House chef Aiden Byrne will host free demo at this year's festival

Some of the region’s best chefs will share their culinary expertise in a host of free cooking demonstrations at this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

Aiden Byrne, of Manchester House, will join Andrew Nutter, Sean Wilson, Aazam Ahmad and Jackie Kearney for a weekend fit for foodies from Friday, August 22 to Monday, August 25.

Free demonstrations will take place over the four-day festival at the newly refurbished Bolton Market on Ashburner Street and in the Market Place Shopping Centre chef marquee, as one of this year’s main sponsors.

The regional chef demos will complement demonstrations in the main marquee on Victoria Square by festival headliners Michael Caines, Gino D’Campo, John Torode and James Martin.

Accomplished chef Aiden Byrne was head chef at The Grill at The London Dorchester from late 2006. He was previously Tom Aiken’s head chef at his Chelsea restaurant and has worked with several other high-profile chefs such as Paul Rankin and David Adlard.

He’s made numerous TV appearances, including MasterChef, Great British Menu and Restaurant Wars, which featured his current restaurant Manchester House. At the age of 22, he became the youngest chef ever to win a Michelin star.

Aiden will be at the Market Place Shopping Centre chef marquee on Sunday, August 24 at noon and at 2pm.

Jackie Kearney was a MasterChef finalist in 2011 and is passionate about Asian street food. She has built a successful business creating delicious street food up and down the country with The Hungry Gecko brand.

A former stall holder at the festival with her retro trailer Barbarella, Jackie will make a welcome return to Bolton as a guest chef in the regional chef marquee on Saturday, August 23 at 4pm.

Also returning to the festival will be Coronation Street actor turned chef, Sean Wilson, who is also a successful cheese maker. Sean has cooked in many Michelin starred restaurants and will be sharing his expertise with festival-goers on Saturday, August 23 at Bolton Market at 10am and 2pm, then at Market Place Shopping Centre’s regional chef marquee at noon.

Sean is also providing the cheese course at this year’s Gala Dinner at The Holiday Inn on Friday, August 22.

Festival partners Marriott will be hosting two free demos in the regional chef marquee on Sunday, August 24, featuring a selection of their top chefs including John Wilkinson, head chef at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club; and Tom Gardner, executive head chef at Renaissance City Centre Hotel Manchester.

The Marriott chefs are also cooking the fish course at the Gala Dinner.

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “The free demonstrations at Bolton Market and the Market Place Shopping Centre chef marquee have grown in popularity every year with both visitors to the festival and on the regional chefs’ circuit. They provide a perfect opportunity for people to learn some fantastic cooking tips, which they can try at home, and to meet the chefs from their favourite restaurants.

“This year we are pleased that Market Place Shopping Centre will be hosting demos again on each day of the festival – this time in a designated regional chef marquee - and we’re really looking forward to holding demos on Friday and Saturday in the new Lifestyle Hall at our refurbished Bolton Market.”

Nikki Wilson-Cook, Centre Manager of Market Place Shopping Centre, said: “With the number of visitors who came to the festival last year it is clear there is a thirst for quality food and drink in the town and we look forward to hosting many of the top names such as Aiden Byrne and Michael Caines in the regional chef marquee at Market Place Shopping Centre across the four days.

“We are also hosting a number of other events at the centre to complement the main festival to make the whole experience more exciting, including activities for children and adults alike."

Further information about the festival is available on our food and drink festival 2014 website.

Full schedule of regional chef demos:

Friday 22nd August:

Bolton Market:
MC Justine Forrest

11.00am                      Aazam Ahmad – BBC Fusion Chef
2.00pm                        Friends of Fun Food (Urban Outreach)

Market Place:
MC Paul Crone

11.00am                      Cookery competition
2.30 pm                       Michael Caines

Saturday 23rd August:

Bolton Market:
MC Justine Forrest

10.00am                      Sean Wilson
12.00pm                      Friends of Fun Food (Urban Outreach)
2.00pm.                       Sean Wilson

Market Place: 
MC Paul Crone

10.00am                      Carol Brown (chocolate)
11.00am                      Cocktail demonstration
12pm                           Sean Wilson
1.00pm                        Michelle Gillott (chocolate)
2.00pm                        Carol Brown
3.00pm                        Jackie Kearney
4.00pm                        Justine Forrest

Sunday 24th August:

Market Place:
MC Paul Crone

11.00am                      Phil Bianchi - Gift of Oil master class
12pm                           Aiden Byrne
1.00pm                        Marriot Chefs
2.00pm                        Aiden Byrne
3.00pm                        Marriot Chefs

Monday 25th August:

Market Place:
MC Paul Crone

10.00am                      Andrew Nutter
11.00am                      Jon Jones
12pm                          Andrew Nutter
1.00pm                        Ernyst van Ziel
2.00pm                        Andrew Nutter
3.00pm                        Alain Job – Cameroon cooking

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