The full chef line-up for the fifth universal cookery & food festival plus WIN a pair of tickets!

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The universal cookery & food festival 2016 invites chefs to step out of the kitchen and reconnect with the land to learn about the latest developments in farming, seasonal produce, local sourcing and foraged food. The unique food festival celebrates its fifth year of inspiring chefs on Tuesday 20 September at the new venue of Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire.

Chefs will also discover exciting new cooking techniques and trends from the live demonstrations and debate topical issues with an impressive line-up of expert speakers.


We have a pair of tickets to this year's universal cookery and food festiavl to give away for Tuesday, September 20 at
Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire. Tickets include access to the main conference and exhibition, farm and foraging tours, free food all day and entry to the band and BBQ evening following the main event.

To enter answer the question below:

Where is this year's universal cookery and food festival taking place?

Email your answer and details to [email protected] with universal cookery and food festival in the subject. The closing date is Wednseday, June 15 and all entries must be recieved by 5pm. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

In addition, the dynamic programme features a Laverstoke farm tour, taking in the vineyard, soil lab and the famous Laverstoke Buffalo, hands-on foraging expeditions and an inspirational farmer’s market and sponsors’ innovation zone. New for 2016, the Great Taste Market will showcase some of the country’s finest, award-winning producers.

Against the incredible backdrop of Laverstoke Park Farm, the 2,500-acre farm that leads the way in biodynamic and organic farming methods in the UK, delegates will interact and share ideas and learnings with farmers, foragers and growers, plus suppliers, industry insiders and fellow chefs.

Topics up for discussion include:

Ethics, organics and sustainability: Is organic production really sustainable in a foodservice market? Does organic necessarily mean sustainable, more ethical or tastier?

Local heroes: Celebrating the best of the local culinary talent and farming.

French revolution: How the food revolution in the UK was started many years ago by some of the industry greats from France, a trend that continues today.

The pudding club: A celebration of the country’s pastry chefs.

Dead in the water bath?: Have we seen the end of molecular gastronomy or is it going from strength to strength?

Event directors John Feeney, Lee Maycock and Ian Nottage said: “We are very excited to be taking the universal cookery & food festival to Laverstoke Park Farm and we are sure our festival goers are going to be blown away. It really is the perfect venue for us, as the farm pretty much ticks all the values around the festival tree logo. The bio-dynamic and organic ethos around how they farm with respect for the soil, animals and environment is amazing and yields fantastic results.

“Five years on, the universal cookery & food festival vision is an incredible, ever-growing success, and a highlight of the chef calendar. Chefs value the opportunity to connect with where the ingredients they work with start out from, and also with each other. We have a fantastic programme lined up for September and, as ever, the only problem facing our festival goers is that they are spoilt for choice as to what to see and do on the day!”

The impressive line-up of speakers includes:

Jody Scheckter, Laverstoke Park Farm

Daniel Clifford, Midsummer House

Angela Harnett and Luke Holder, Limewood Hotel

Ashley Palmer Watts, The Fat Duck Group

Claire Clark

Graham Hornigold, Hakkasan

Will Torrent

Tommy Banks, Black Swan at Oldstead

Douglas McMaster, Silo

Luke Matthews, Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

Claude Bosi, Hibiscus

Bruno Loubet, Grain Store


The universal cookery & food festival is now open for bookings. Please visit for more information and make a booking.


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Editor 8th June 2016

The full chef line-up for the fifth universal cookery & food festival plus WIN a pair of tickets!