Chef Demonstrations 2017
A range of talented chefs prepared dishes to delight the senses on the Love Food Roadshow‘s demonstration kitchen. Hosted by Celebrity Chef Felice Tocchini, the kitchen featured a range of exciting and informative cookery demonstrations.
Owner of Feli’s Bar & Restaurant (formerly Fusion Brasserie), Felice has been in catering since the age of six. His parents took on a village bar and it was Felice’s job to make coffee, which he loved.
Moving from his home nation of Italy where he had trained at the prestigious Ferdinando Martini Catering College to the UK in the 1980’s, Felice’s first position was as Commis chef at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre restaurants in Stratford-upon-Avon. Felice quickly graduated from Commis chef to head chef and chef manager for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre’s restaurants and hotels.
Felice is a passionate chef with a passion for locally sourced seasonal produce. His television appearances have included cooking demonstrations and topic based discussions as a celebrity chef on a range of series from Countryfile to The One Show. He is a contributor to both the esteemed Novelli’s Academy and Eckington Manor Cookery School.
Andy Link is Chef Patron at the acclaimed Riverside Pub at Aymestry. He has been dishing up delicious food at this North Herefordshire pub for 10 years. Good food is at the heart of the popular 16th century coaching inn, and guests can look forward to enjoying freshly picked produce from Mr Link’s kitchen garden, meat from local farms, and fish from nearby rivers. The two acre working kitchen garden is managed, planted and harvested by his team of chefs, bringing a true seed to plate ethos back to the restaurant. Andy’s aim over the coming years is to push this further, limiting the whole menu to food grown or sourced only within the local catchment, using the restaurant as a hub to promote the region’s producers.
The Riverside Pub were Finalists in the ‘Best Eating Out’ category at the Visit Herefordshire Awards for Excellence 2016.
Matt started in the restaurant trade at the Scrumpy House in Much Marcle in 2000. ‘We were always about local, even back then and we won one of the first flavours of Herefordshire awards.’ It was always about around the corner produce!
Matt and his wife, Annalisa bought the Crown Inn at Woolhope in 2007 and have tried to create a pub that serves the community and also brings visitors from afar. They recently won the ‘Best Cider Pub’ in the Great British Pub awards and have been recognised for their Sunday lunches in the Best British Roast Dinner Awards.
Matt also makes cider commercially and helps other cider makers too. He has worked as Westons Cider’s ‘Stowford Pressman’ touring the UK with the England Cricket team for 3 seasons! Matt has a regular Saturday morning cooking slot with Andrew Easton on BBC Hereford and Worcester at 7.45 am!
The Slo Life Kitchen is Matt’s latest venture. He runs private cooking classes from his cottage near Woolhope. He provides help with cooking skills for the modern world and encourages you to take time for quality.
Yvette Farrell, Principal of Harts Barn Cookery School, will be doing a demo from her signature ‘Taste of Forest’ Menu – Forest Mushroom Ravioli, Griddled Wild Boar with Wilted Buttered Garlic Greens.
Yvette is passionate about the Forest, local produce and nature’s own larder – she is a trained horticulturist and has elevated the Cookery School to winning Forest Business of the Year 2016 and was named Forest of Dean Business Person of the Year in 2015 .
The Cookery School prides itself on offering ‘COOKING FOR ALL’. It is based in the beautiful Forest of Dean on an awe inspiring site dating back to 1068. The focus is to offer classes that are accessible, affordable, give confidence and are lots of fun. The school opens its doors to first time cooks, children, local businesses wanting a corporate occasion or cooks wanting to improve their skills or learn something completely new.
Yvette also offers a Hire a Chef service for private and event catering, regular Supper Clubs, kids and adult parties, venue hire and holiday activities for kids.