We are delighted to welcome a host of fabulous chefs to our two demonstration stages.

No need to book - just turn up and bag a seat. The demonstrations are all FREE to watch.

Timetables will be published closer to the festival weekend.

Here are just a few of the amazing demonstration stars that will be at the festival with more announcements to follow.

Natalie Coleman

Saturday 11th May










Dishing up a "Masterchef" demonstration is Natalie Coleman who won BBC One's MasterChef 2013. Known as the 'girl from Hackney done good', she wowed the judges with a lobster tail starter and a 'pimped' roast pork belly served with a quail scotch egg.

One of Natalie's real passions is helping children learn to cook. She has become a patron of Free Cake Hackney Kids and holds cookery courses during the school holidays.

Natalie still appears on MasterChef as a guest judge and she continues to take on new challenges, working in some of the top spots around the country.

Christian Stevenson 'DJ BBQ'

Saturday 11th May & Sunday 12th May








DJ BBQ is a trail blazing barbecue cook with a tribe of dedicated fans on his DJ BBQ Youtube channel and across social media. Whilst cooking always takes centre stage, the DJ BBQ experience encompasses food, fun and a lust for life at its core, or as Christian likes to call it, Catertainment.

Get ready to rock 'n' roll with Christian at the Broil King BBQ stage

John Lawson

FOOD by John Lawson, Leigh on Sea

Saturday 11th May









Westminster trained John Lawson started his career at La Manior Aux Quat Saisons. His training with Raymond Blanc saw him go on to work in two and three Michelin star restaurants in France, UK, USA and Australia. John has also been a private chef for the Sultan of Oman.

In May 2015, John suffered a life changing injury which has led him to change not only his lifestyle but the way he cooks food. In June 2017, John opened his own restuarant in Leigh on Sea - FOOD by John Lawson; a restaurant that represents real food, locally sourced and focused on health and wellbeing.

Robert Mace

The Crown, Southwold

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May












Robert has run some of the top kitchens along the Suffolk heritage coast including the Swan and Crown in Southwold, Satis House and the Westleton Crown. He has returned to Adnams as part of the new managed properties team and is currently based at the Crown. He has a true passion for food and loves searching out local suppliers and ingredients and showcasing the best of the season with honest cooking. Although classically trained, there are many world influences in Robert's cooking, some may call it local gone global!

David Innes

Meatline, Maldon

Saturday 11th May & Sunday 12th May









If you've not seen our Dave on stage then you really have a treat in store! He really knows his way around a beast - his passion for traditional butchery techniques is second to none. He'll be taking to the Broil King BBQ stage with DJ BBQ to show off his butchery skills and banter! He'll take you through a live butchery demonstration and then cook the meat on the BBQ. Then it is down to you to do the tasting!

Don't miss this - he isn't known as 'Off the Hook Butcher' for nothing!

Paul Lewis

Prezzo Restaurant Group

Sunday 12th May









Paul started his career at a young age helping out in his parents bakery in the heart of the City of London before embarking on his career as a chef. He studied at Butlers Wharf Chef School before moving on to be head chef in high celebrity profile restaurants "Babe Ruth's" in Wapping and "Santa Fe" in Islington where he progressed to be Group Development Chef.

Paul has headed up all food and beverage development for the Prezzo Restaurant Group for the last 14 years.

Jason Thomas Ring


Saturday 11th May & Sunday 12th May











Jason has worked in the catering industry for over 20 years training under Mark Hix and Des Macdonald at the Ivy Restaurant. He was the youngest chef to run a 1000 seat staff restaurant in London law firm Lovels. He has also worked alongside Anton Edelman at the Savoy Hotel and Bruno Lobert at Inn on the Park.

He is now company executive development chef for blue chip boutique catering company, Vacherin.

Jason counts Gordon Ramsey and Gregg Wallace as two of his closest friends in the catering industry.

Tony Hopkins

Farm 2 Table

Saturday 11th May & Sunday 12th May












Tony learned his trade at London's Smithfield Meat Market and is passionate about linking farms to our tables. He sources the finest meat in the land to some of the finest chefs in the country and uses his knowledge of the meat trade to improve the overall well being and health of himself and others. He always uses modern methods but in traditional ways.

Steve Walpole

Private Chef

Saturday 11th May & Sunday 12th May













Steve is passionate about food and cooking which began when he started a Saturday job in a local restaurant at the age of 15. He has had a vast career to date including Senior Executive Development Chef at Gate Gourmet where he developed menus for various airline clients.

Teaching and training is something Steve considers to be very important and has worked as a Senior Lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College in London.

His philosophy is "food is something to love and respect, less is more, keep it simple".

Paul Kelly

Kelly Bronze Turkeys

Saturday 11th May












If you after top tips and techniques from the breeder himself, then make sure you come along to Paul's incredible BBQ Turkey Masterclass! We promise it will be full of fun and don't be surprised if you find yourself joining in with Paul and his infamous turkey impressions too....

Kaine Mosely

Seven Hotel, Southend on Sea

Saturday 11th May











Kaine is a dynamic young chef who has already made quite a name for himself and his exciting brand of cookery. Based in Essex, Kaine has wworked in some of the county's leading establishments and is currently in residence at the Seven Hotel in Southend on Sea. He believes strongly in seasonality and is particularly interested in local game and seafood. His contemporary twists on old favourites have championed old English cuisine and kept alive many traditions.

Don't miss this exciting young chefs demonstration - he is definitly one to watch!

Ben Turner

Seven Hotel, Southend on Sea

Sunday 12th May









Ben is an ambitious and talented young chef whose skills undoubtedly lie in the pastry section. From a young age, Ben was passionate about food, especially dessert and he has already worked in some of Essex's most respected establishements. He is a highly skilled and technical chef, dedicated to the arts of pasty and tempting anyone with a sweet tooth.

You might be lucky enough to taste one of Ben's demonstration dishes when you watch his demo!

Andi Walker

The Blue Group of Restaurants

Sunday 12th May













Andi is the reigning Essex Chef of the Year and Masterchef the Professionals semi finalist. Andi's food showcases a mix of classic and modern cooking techniques delivered elegantly in style but compex in flavour