The Demo Theatre Kitchen is a regular favourite at the Sheffield Food Festival. Situated in the Peace Gardens, it has a fun-packed programme for your budding chefs and those with an interest in all things culinary.

Sponsored by Proove, the Saturday is curated by Murray Chapman, founder of A Passion to Inspire. It’s a non-profit making, voluntary initiative, initially developed to bring education and the catering industry closer together.

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

11:00am: READY STEADY COOK! Two Sheffield champions, executive head chef at Chesterfield FC Seymour Millington goes up against former owner of Peppercorn Charlie Curran who’ll battle it out using the freshest of ingredients from Whirlow Hall Farm Charity Trust. Support comes from two fantastic cooks in Sarah Kerrigan and John Gray.

Seymour Millington

11:45am – 12:30pm: SEYMOUR MILLINGTON – MASTER CHEF OF GREAT BRITAIN Local lad Seymour Millington spent the beginning of his career in various five-star hotels and rosette-awarded restaurants, including the luxury Park Lane Hotel in London. Trained at Sheffield College and now a
Master Chef of Great Britain, Seymour currently uses the solid foundations of his work ethic in his role as executive head chef at Chesterfield F.C and will be bringing that ethos to his demo on Saturday, whilst cooking up a storm with some of the best bites of the season.

12:40pm – 1:10pm: TIINA AND LESLIE – BROCCO ON THE PARK The owner of the award-winning Brocco on the Park Tiina Carr will be on hand with Michelin Plate head chef Leslie Buddington to present an aquavit-cured cod with pork-glazed rhubarb, asparagus, broad beans, rye dough and nasturtiums.

1:20pm – 2:00pm: TOM AND ALISTAIR – RAFTERS Co-owners of Rafters Tom Lawson and Alistair Myers showcase a dish which exemplifies how they took the iconic Rafters restaurant to the next level: agnolotti filled with fresh cheese and wild garlic.

2:10pm – 2:45pm: TOM SAMWORTH – NO NAME RESTAURANT Sheffield-born Tom Samworth’s restaurant No Name serves modern bistro food in a relaxed environment. For his mid-afternoon demo, he’ll be cooking Moss Valley pork, the “No Name way”. Intriguing…

3:00pm – 3:30pm: CHARLIE CURRAN – NOOSA CAFE BAR Former Peppercorn owner Charlie Curran gives us a little preview into his new Kelham Island venue with a demo of Whirlow Hall Farm baked eggs, smoked salmon and soda bread.

3:40pm – 4:15pm: RONNIE – AMBULO You’ll more than likely know Ambulo’s executive chef Tom Aronica (Ronnie to his pals) from his time at the award-winning bar Public, which opened in 2018 in the Town Hall’s old toilets. He’ll be rustling up some roast cod loin with brown shrimp, XO sauce and noisette.

4:30pm: MICK BURKE AND LEN UNWIN MASTER CHEFS OF GREAT BRITAIN Two official Master Chefs of Britain round off Saturday’s programme with an artisan chocolate dish.

So, don’t miss out on what will be a jam-packed day of culinary learnings, and of course, entertainment from Murray.

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