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Porthleven Food Festival Serves All-Star Chef Line-Up for 2023

The award-winning Porthleven Food Festival announces the first wave of leading UK chef’s headlining the 2023 event from April 21st-23rd – bringing a spectacular food experience to Cornwall.

Presented by acclaimed chef Jude Kereama alongside, celebrity chef, broadcaster and returning festival supporter Anthony Worrall Thompson, the 2023 chef line-up includes:

  • Tom Barnes – Executive Head Chef at Simon Rogan’s flagship three Michelin Star L’Enclume restaurant and Rogan & co in Cumbria. Famed for its sustainable approach and use of hyper-seasonal produce, the critically acclaimed L’Enclume was recently named ‘most exciting’ restaurant at the Good Food Guide Awards.
  • James Knappett – Chef Patron of two Michelin Star Kitchen Table in London. Having worked in at some of the world’s most highly regarded restaurants and trained in Cambridgeshire, James spent his formative years in the kitchens at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Petrus, and then moved on to work at Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurants, Thomas Keller’s Per Se, and with René Redzepi at noma.
  • Emily Scott – chef and cookbook author, who opened her restaurant on the sea wall at the iconic Watergate Bay serves simple, seasonal, effortlessly stylish food in a scenic and informal setting. Emily was the first woman to cook for leaders of the western worlds, when commissioned by the Cabinet Office to curate a special dinner for Royalty and the World Leaders at the G7 summit. And was also listed in the top 100 most influential women in hospitality industry two years running, has been recognised by Michelin since 2016 and appeared on the Great British Menu on BBC2 to represent the South-West back in 2019.

For a full list of confirmed chefs head to our chefs theatre page here

The festival is also set to welcome Josh Eggleton, Michelin Star chef patron of The Pony Restaurant Group, Olivia Barry chef owner of Adelina Yard in Bristol, Andrew Tuck, head chef of St Kew Inn (which stormed into the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastro Pub at number 36) famed for his open fire cooking, Stephane Delourme group head chef of Stein’s Restaurants and Masterchef quarterfinalist and Sabzi Deli founder Kate Attlee.

Porthleven Food Festival’s chef patron, Jude Kereama, says: “We’re so excited to bring together such a talented line-up of chefs for the 2023 festival – these guys are some of the best in the business from all over the UK, the real movers and shakers of the industry. Expect great practical demos, brilliant seasonal food, and lots of interesting conversations over the weekend. A date for the 2023 diary for sure!”

The free foodie event, a must in the culinary calendar, celebrates Cornwall’s leading food and drink producers, stimulates the local economy – and seeks to raise awareness of key issues relating to the environment, food culture and sustainable food production.

In addition to the festival’s most exciting chef line-up to date, a new programme of workshops, talks and masterclasses will be sparking conversations around food sustainability and produce ecology.

Expect a full weekend of entertainment including brilliant chef demos, live music, family-friendly activities, evening sessions and much more – in a whole town takeover.

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Porthleven 26-28 April 2024

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