Chester’s celebrity chef Luke Thomas spent last weekend cooking for VIPs at V Festival in Chelmsford as part of his new food collaboration with award-winning hostel brand Generator.
The chef who runs Luke’s Eating House and Gin Rickeys in Chester city centre offered delicious bites including welsh lamb, beetroot tacos, sweet potato curry and bourbon glazed pork hotdogs, a taster of the style of food and drink offering he has brought to the hostels across Europe; highlighting local cuisines and drawing on street-food influences to provide fresh, shareable food in each location, with a strong connection to the best domestic, regional and neighbourhood flavours.
Luke started his cooking career at 12 years old balancing his studies with weekend and evening jobs in the Michelin starred kitchens of the Chester Grosvenor Hotel & Spa . Since then he has gone on to experience cooking at some of the top restaurants around the world including, Gary Rhodes, Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa and three Michelin-starred restaurants such as Alinea in Chicago. At 18, Luke launched Luke’s Dining Room in Berkshire and went onto open Luke’s Eating House in Chester and Retro Feasts in Dubai. In 2014 Luke released his first book ‘Luke’s Cookbook’, published by Penguin.
The Generator stall was designed with a fun playground theme, featuring an array of games including giant jenga, giant connect 4 and a popcorn and candyfloss machine, showcasing the experiential spirit of the hostels.
VIP guests including magician Dynamo, Millie Mackintosh, Daisy Lowe, Fern McCann, Laura Whitmore, Oliver Cheshire, Conor Maynard, Marvin and Rochelle Humes, and Stormzy sipped on delicious cocktails straight off Bulliet Bourbon’s ‘woody’ trailer.
The renowned music festival was headlined this year by Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Sia and David Guetta, featuring six different stages and a wide offering of attractions and experiences.