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Chester Food Drink and Lifestyle Festival welcomes celebrity chefs line-up

Gregg Wallace and Simon Rimmer among the big names heading for Chester from March 26-28

Gregg Wallace of TV's Masterchef is back at the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival this year

This year’s line-up of chefs and food celebrities at the Chester Food Drink and Lifestyle Festival is yet another amazing array of internationally recognised and super talented local chefs.

Organiser Stephen Wundke said: “We are always pleased to have Simon Rimmer back on the Saturday as his TV career and cooking on stage just seem to get bigger and better every year and thanks to CH1ChesterBID we have signed Masterchef Gregg Wallace to again judge, on Sunday, our CH1ChesterBID Sous Chef Challenge.

“It looks like being another bumper year with over 150 food and drink producers letting you taste, try and buy, real food and drink made by real people and cooked on stage by outstanding chefs.”

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The big names keep coming with Tim Maddams, recently seen on both River Cottage and Sunday Brunch, working with Lancashire superstar Andrew Nutter on the stage on Monday.

Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer is back at the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival this year

Locally the New Moon supremo, David Mooney, features as does former Coronation Street star Sean Wilson who is now a Master Cheesemaker.

The hot new faces in cooking around Chester also take to the stage with Karl Noller from The Yard in Chester joined by Great British Menu winner Matt Worswick.

Cooking prodigy Luke Thomas of Luke’s Eating House will again be on the stage as will Harthill Cookery School boss Brian Mellor.

Chef and entrepreneur Luke Thomas

Organiser Stephen Wundke said: “When we started this event it was put on at Easter at the request of hoteliers who said that as nothing happened over Easter in Chester the city was deserted.

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“Now all that has changed and 14 years later Chester has an event that generates over £2.5 million in economic benefit and really has had an impact across the region.”

The Chester Food and Drink festival runs from March 26-28 at Chester Racecourse. Adults save 25% and pay just £6 when buying their ticket on line with children under 12 free. For more information or to buy tickets visit www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk.

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