Food Festival Gallery - The Seaham Food Festival

A hugely popular and influential figure on the UK culinary scene, John is best known as the straight-talking co-host and judge, for fifteen series, of the highly popular BBC1 MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef, as well as A to Z of Cooking and John Torode’s Argentina for BBC2.

He has also had very successful shows on the Good Food Channel, including food tours of Australia, Korea, Asia and the Middle East. 

John is also a well-known food writer and regularly contributes to the BBC Good Food, Olive and Red magazines, the Radio Times and newspapers including the Guardian and Observer, as well penning a number of best-selling cookery books.

He will be demonstrating his culinary skill and expertise at the Cookery Theatre on-the-Green on Saturday 8th June at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Phil is one of the nation’s best-loved TV chefs, who is always keen to share his passion for good food, as well as advice on how to achieve a healthy balanced diet.

Instantly recognisable from television programmes such as This Morning and Ready, Steady, Cook, and has also produced a number of publications including the Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook. 

Phil is also a leading authority on gluten-free products and recipes and the National Food Ambassador for Coeliac UK.

He will be demonstrating his culinary skill and expertise at the Cookery Theatre on-the-Green on-the-Green on Sunday 9th June at 11.30am and 1.30pm.


Rachel’s cookery styles include Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, French, British, Mexican, Moroccan, Chinese, Indian and Spanish!

She has a number of television and radio credits to her name including Christmas specials, children’s shows and series for the BBC, CBBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and BBC radio shows across the nation.

She has also prepared several private dinners and teas for a number of dignitaries including HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Rachel has written numerous books and articles and also supports various campaigns including Seafish Authority.

Rachel will showcase her favourite recipes on Saturday 8th June at 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

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