Situated at the heart of the Sheffield Food festival in the Peace Gardens, the Demo Theatre Kitchen is a highlight for many. Spread over four days, there’s a fun-packed programme for budding chefs and those with an interest in all things culinary.

The action starts on the Friday which is curated by Justin Rowntree from SweetSpot. You may also know him as the former owner of the Runaway Girl/Silversmiths and recipient of the infamous Gordon Ramsey treatment on an episode of Kitchen Nightmares back in 2008. He wants the Friday to
represent a slice of the incredibly vibrant international food scene he works with in Sheffield.

Here’s what you can expect on the Friday at the Demo Theatre Kitchen:

11:00am – 11:30am: CHRIS HANSON – BLEND KITCHEN South East Asian Fusion with classic Indonesian pork satay, and Scandinavian-style home-cured salmon dish with Southeast Asian spices.

12:00pm – 12:30pm: TOMMY HAGUE – FIREPIT ROCKS ‘Pit King’ Tommy will show you how to make authentic BBQ rub and share his secret of the perfect hot wing with homemade Peri Peri sauce.

12:50pm – 1:20pm: THE BLEND KITCHEN TEAM This unique social enterprise uses cooking to enhance lives. Some of the trainees will show how to make authentic falafel with a hot or mild tahini sauce accompanied by Morrocan carrot salad and home-made flat bread.

1:40pm – 2:10pm: ADRIAN BRICIU AND MIHAI VERZA – SFINX Learn the secret behind ‘Samale’, cabbage rolls stuffed with ground pork, pickled cabbage and bacon – probably the most famous of Romanian dishes. There will also be samples of ‘Papanash’, tasty Romanian doughnuts.

2:30pm – 3:00pm: NATASHA FARRELL – TASTE THE FUSION LOVE Natasha, who heralds from Antigua, will prepare her famous jerk chicken bites. She’ll show you the Antiguan jerk recipe handed down through her family, served with tangy mango and tomato salsa. Perfect for BBQ season. There will also be chance to taste here legendary marinated olives.

3:20pm – 3:50pm: SIMON CLARK AND LEE MANGLES Both ex-Head Chefs of Silversmiths this pair will showcase the best local, seasonal produce with some foraged delights to boot. Expect top class dishes using ingredients such as mackerel, asparagus, samphire and wild nettles. Plus, a demonstration of baking fresh Yorkshire milk rolls too.

Simon Clark and Lee Mangles

4:10pm – 5:00pm: GLORIA CHIEN – SHUJU KITCHEN Gloria creates traditional dishes from Taiwan every week at the Union Street ‘pop-up’ cafe. She will show how simple spaghetti can become tasty Taiwanese Style Chow-Mein with all the authentic flavours and spices of her home country. With other traditional treats to try on the day too.

Don’t miss out on what looks a great line-up to start off Sheffield Food Festival for 2019!

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