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Chefs & TV star Ready for Market Hall cooking extravaganza

Stelios Kiosses

A TV presenter will be among the media personalities compering a line-up of top Shropshire chefs as they cook live for audiences as part of the first Shrewsbury Food Festival.

Stelios Kiosses, the food-loving TV psychotherapist from Channel 4’s ‘The Hoarder Next Door’, will be making an appearance at the Food Festival Fringe at Shrewsbury Market Hall on Sunday June 30.

He will be compering Nigel Huxley, chef-patron of Draper’s Hall Restaurant, as he rustles up a gourmet spectacle as part of the market hall’s rolling programme of demonstrations by leading chefs and artisan food experts during the festival weekend of June 29 and 30.

Other award-winning chefs taking to the stage are Alan Dann, executive chef of Henry Tudor House; Paul Maders, executive chef of The Hayward at The Lion Hotel and Masterchef The Professionals quarter-finalist Chris Conde, the head chef at The Inn at Grinshill.

Mr Kiosses, a renowned foodie, who lives on the Shropshire border, near Kidderminster, is an advocate of the importance of good food on psychological health and is known to use culinary therapy as a practical tool to help people with mental health issues.

He said: “Food is communion. Everywhere you go in the world, even in the middle of The Amazon, there are two things you will be asked to do – to eat and to dance.”

A crop of the market hall’s top food experts will also be joining the line-up. They include the national award-winning artisan chocolatier Julia Wenlock, of Toot Sweets; fishmonger Ian Cornall, of Barkworth’s Seafood and Saint Pierre Oyster Bar; Nadia Zaza of the North African restaurant Mirage and chef-butcher David Lumley of traditional butcher William Dodd Ltd.

Each demonstration will be compered by a local media personality including James Day of Gourmet-Life Dining Club and www.eat-the-midlands.co.uk and will kick off at 11am on Saturday June 29 with Nigel Huxley. He will be followed by Alan Dann at noon, Chris Conde at 1pm, David Lumley at 2pm and Ian Cornall’s seafood spectacular at 3pm.

Julia Wenlock will lead off on the Sunday at 11am, followed by Nadia Zaza at 11.30am, Alan Dann at noon, Nigel Huxley with Stelios at 1pm and Paul Maders at 2pm.

Chris Conde, who is also demontrating in The Quarry Park at 12.30 on the Sunday, said: “The Shrewsbury Food Festival is a fantastic idea. It’s time people realised that good food in Shropshire is not just about Ludlow. I’m eagerly looking forward to showcasing some of the great produce that this diverse county has to offer.”

Admission to the festival fringe is free and events will be taking place throughout the town. Admission to the main festival site in The Quarry Park, where top chefs, such as Ludlow’s Will Holland and TV chef Marcus Bean, of The New Inn at Baschurch, can be seen in action, is £5 for adults and £1 for children. www.shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk

Paul Maders, executive chef The Lion Hotel; Nigel Huxley, chef-patron Draper's Hall; Alan Dann, executive chef Henry Tudor House and Chris Conde, head chef, The Inn at Grinshill.

Paul Maders, executive chef The Lion Hotel; Nigel Huxley, chef-patron Draper's Hall; Alan Dann, executive chef Henry Tudor House and Chris Conde, head chef, The Inn at Grinshill.

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