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Cookery Theatre Demonstration Programme

As part of the Food and Drink Festival, a variety of experts will be showcasing their skills and passing on their knowledge in our fabulous Cookery Theatre. Sponsored by G’s Fresh, we have an exciting line-up to entertain and inspire.

The Ely Food and Drink Festival is over for 2017. We were so lucky to welcome Masterchef's champion Jane Devonshire and internationally renowned chef Theo Randall into our Cookery Theatre. Our thanks to Ely College Technology students for assisting our chefs. For a reminder, check out our full 2017 line-up below:

Cake Decorating with George’s Bakery

We are delighted to open our Cookery Theatre 2017 with the amazing creations of George’s Bakery.  If you haven’t seen George at Farmers Markets around Cambridgeshire, including our very own one in Ely, then you are in for a treat.  George is a young, passionate baker and is famed for his three and five tiered cakes with unique flavours that bizarrely work together to provide an experience that must not be missed.  So bag your seat early and watch the master in action, plus don’t miss your chance to win one of his scrumptious cakes to take home!

Masterchef’s Winner 2016 - Jane Devonshire

Fresh from her recent TV success, Jane deems food as an absolute solid and integral part of her family life.  Today she will be demonstrating one of her favourite family meals – meatballs, but with a Mediterranean twist.  Come and hear about her love of food as well as her time on Masterchef.


Daniel Perjesi, Head Chef at Poets House Hotel, Ely

Keeping with the fish element of our festival, Head Chef Daniel, has created a special menu using zander, a fish similar to a pike that you may be unfamiliar with.  Dishes such as these can be found at Poets House Hotel’s formal restaurant along with a selection of lighter lunches and afternoon teas served in the ‘The Study’ lounge.  Daniel’s menus focus on both traditional and modern British dishes and we are looking forward to seeing his creations.

Spirit Tasting with The English Spirit Distillery

John Walters began distilling using a small batch copper pot at the Old Salt Depot in Dullingham, near Newmarket.   The English Spirit Distillery is now famed for the UK production of its gin, rum, single malt and various liqueurs.  Learn from the master as John talks you through the various processes and make sure you grab a seat near the front for those all important tasters at the end!

The English Spirit Distillery is also one of our sponsors of this year’s Festival, so a huge thank you!

Chocolate Making Demonstration by Mama Bombon Chocolatiere

Spanish born Mama Bombon is simply in love with chocolate (and who isn’t!).  She has extensively travelled to research, study and work in order to know everything there is to know about the world of chocolate.  We are delighted that she has taken time out of her busy schedule running specialist chocolate workshops around Cambridge to demonstrate how to shape and put the finishing touches to her gorgeous ganache chocolates.  She will also be talking about her recent chocolate research trip to the jungle in Costa Rica and her next adventure to Java later in the year. 

Theo Randall, Internationally renowned Chef

Having learnt his trade at the famous River Cafe in London, where he gained his Michelin Star, Theo has become one of Britain’s best loved chefs.  Today he is cooking up a variety of dishes including one with eel which is actually one of his feature dishes, so very apt! 


Apple and Cider Making, Watergull Orchards, Cambridgeshire

No stranger to Ely, David Fisher, started his career in 1995 in Sutton growing and making apples.  His juice now sells in 20 different varieties and in more recent years he has developed the business and now turns out 7 different varieties of cider as well, including combinations such as elderflower, blackcurrant and ginger.  Today he will be telling his story and explaining how the common British apple can be turned into so many different tasting liquids.  Plenty of opportunity for samples we think and look out for the raffle at the end!

Dojima Sake Brewery, Fordham

We are all keenly awaiting the opening of Britain’s first sake brewery in Fordham by the Dojima Family later this year.  To give you an introduction to the world of sake we are delighted that Japanese chef Ryuhei Shirasu is going to prepare traditional Japanese nabe for us.  Nabe is a one pot dish made in a pottery bowl used especially for this recipe and of course features sake!  This is also the opportunity to learn more about how best to drink sake from a member of the Dojima family, Kumiko Hashimoto, and hear more about the plans for the Visitor Centre.


Head Chef, Luke Chambers, The Royal Standard, Ely

The Royal Standard is renowned for its exquisite and beautifully presented food.  Head Chef, Luke goes to great lengths to create dishes that look as good as they taste.  Today is no exception as he shows us how to make and put together one his latest combinations - – a dark chocolate cylinder with coffee mousse, date purée, sea salt and walnut shard and a cigar and bourbon ice cream.  Say no more!

Theo Randall, Internationally renowned Chef

Back for his second slot of the day, the Italian inspired chef will be treating us all to one of his signature desserts, the Amalfi Lemon Tart, which features on the menu at his London restaurant The InterContinental.