ONE of the hottest young chefs will be the dish of the day at next weekend’s Llangollen Food and Drink Festival.
Theo Randall has appeared on programmes such as BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and UKTV’s Market Kitchen.
The two-day festival starts on Saturday, October 18, and Theo will be demonstrating his culinary skills on the Sunday.
Theo trained with Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and is the former head chef at The River Café, in London, which earned a Michelin star while he there.
He now runs his own restaurant in Mayfair, Theo Randall at the Intercontinental.
Food Festival organiser David Green, whose company, Xuberance Events, specialises in staging events, is delighted Theo agreed to come to this year’s festival at the Royal International Pavilion.
David said: “We were extremely pleased when Theo agreed to be one of the stars of this year’s Llangollen Food Festival.
“The event has now established itself as one of the highlights of the UK’s culinary calendar. Theo is particularly popular with our female foodies so he’s guaranteed to receive a warm welcome.
“He has signed a two-book deal with publishing house Ebury and several television productions companies are competing to sign him up for his own series.”
According to Theo, he’s very much looking forward to his trip to Llangollen so he can communicate his passion for all things Italian – especially food.
He said: “I first learned about the effort required and the rewards enjoyed by a true food lover as a child.
“Unlike my peers, who happily spent their holidays buried in sand on the beach or leaping in and out of rock pools, my parents’ idea of a good family holiday was quite different.
“Instead they chose to drive through rural Italy in their Citroën DS and see how much food and wine they could squeeze into the boot before driving home.”
The stellar line up at Llangollen Food and Drink Festival also includes cake maker Mich Turner.
Also appearing will be Bryan Webb, from the restaurant with rooms, Tyddyn Llan, in Llandrillo, near Corwen, and S4C chef, Dudley Newberry.