International Food and Drink Exhibition 2015: Full line up announced

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Editor 15th December 2014
Russell Bateman by John Arandhara Blackwell1A stellar lineup of chefs will be appearing at the International Food and Drink Exhibition at ExCeL Centre London in March 2015. Guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the industry show, The Skillery will feature a showcase of live demonstrations from people like The National Chef of the Year 2014, Russell Bateman, head chef of Collette’s Restaurant at The Grove in Hertfordshire, and chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Christopher Basten, who will be preparing a selection of his own ‘golden dishes’ to mark the association’s 50th anniversary next year. Martin Bates, chief executive of the Guild, said: “The Skillery is always a key attraction at IFE and this year, we have so many big names to dazzle and inspire visitors, whether they are chefs themselves, run a foodservice operation that wants to set itself apart, or are in charge of product procurement.” Organised by the Craft Guild, The Skillery aims to enlighten IFE visitors with ways to improve their culinary skills, hone menu creation expertise, increase profit margins and reduce waste. The other demonstrators are as follows: Adam Handling - British Chef of the Year 2014 and current head chef at Adam Handling at Adam Handling_Kitchen_1560_caxtonCaxton in St James’s Park Damian Wawrzyniak – Award winning chef and owner of Fine Art of Dining Jose Graziosi – Head chef at Hotel Felix in Cambridge Steven Edwards – Head chef at South Lodge Hotel, Horsham, and winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 Steve Walpole – Owner at Steve Walpole Ltd and former senior executive development chef at Gate Gourmet for the likes of British Airways First Class Greg Olejarka - Executive sous chef at Oriental Mandarin, London, and guest judge in graduations exams at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu School of culinary arts Ben Bartlett – TV chef who runs his own food and drink company advising food manufacturers and is the author of The BBQ Manual Adam Smith - Roux Scholarship 2012 and head chef at The Devonshire Arms, North Yorkshire Adam Simmonds – Chef ambassador for The Clink Restaurant, HMP High Down Simon Jenkins - Executive pastry chef at Marcus Wareing Restaurants and a semi-finalist in the Master of Culinary Arts 2009 Adam SmithAaron Mulliss and Nick Beardshaw – Head chef and senior sous chef at Tom Kerridge’s Hand and Flowers, Marlow Mark Greenaway – Chef patron of Restaurant Mark Greenway and Bistro Moderne, Edinburgh Rob Kennedy - Executive chef at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst Jeremy Medley – Acclaimed chef who now runs family firm Infusions4chefs.co.uk and ICE-Infusions Culinary Experience development kitchen and cook school Alyn Williams – National Chef of the Year 2012 and chef patron of AA Three Rosette Award and Michelin starred restaurant Alyn Williams at The Westbury Allister Bishop - Executive sous chef at Harrods Alan Bird – Chef patron of Bird of Smithfield. Alan was also executive chef at The Ivy for 20 years and was personal chef to composer Baron Andrew Lloyd-WebberBen Tish Ben Tish - Chef director, Salt Yard Group Hayden Groves - Executive chef at BaxterStorey and The National Chef of the Year 2013 Scott Fricker - Senior development chef at Ferndale Foods Chris McCuin, IFE 2015 exhibition director at Fresh Montgomery said: “Fresh Montgomery is proud to be working with the Craft Guild of Chefs at IFE 2015. Once again they have put together a strong programme from an interesting selection of chefs. We look forward to seeing the demos next March.” The IFE takes place at ExCeL Centre London on 22-25 March, 2015. For more information, visit www.ife.co.uk. For more on the Craft Guild of Chefs and to stay updated on specific demonstrations at The Skillery, visit craftguildofchefs.org or follow @Craft_Guild

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 15th December 2014

International Food and Drink Exhibition 2015: Full line up announced