BBC Star confirmed for Food Festival | Knutsford Times

BBC Star confirmed for Food Festival

By on February 1, 2019

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink festival, to be staged at Chester Racecourse next Easter has announced today they have signed BBC Star of Great British Menu, Andi Oliver as their third headline chef for their 19th Festival.

Festival organiser Briony Wilson was pleased to make the announcement to complete this amazing line-up. “We were very keen to get Andi, she has been a breath of fresh air on The Great British Menu, with her immense food knowledge and forthright opinions. That and the incredible background in the entertainment business and cooking programmes means we now have the very highest profile headline chefs all in attendance at next years event. I am incredibly proud to be able to confirm Andi’s name alongside Simon Rimmer and Matt Tebbutt. It means no matter what day you attend you get to see one of the best Food and Drink entertainers in the country.”

Andi Oliver has one of the most varied biogs with TV performances, live music acts and so much commitment to the food and drink industry. This year she has opened a new restaurant, ‘Andi’s’, and can be heard as a regular panel member alongside Jay Rayner, Angela Hartnett, and Henry Dimbleby on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet.

In 2006 she presented the much talked about The Truth About Food for the BBC and then in in April of 2007 she and Neneh Cherry hosted a cooking series on BBC2 called Neneh and Andi Dish It Up.

Andi Oliver has had an incredibly varied creative career, starting in 1981 when she fronted the band Rip Rig and Panic alongside Neneh Cherry. She then went on to host the hit cult show Badass TV with Ice T on Channel 4. She was also the host of the hugely successful popular afternoon show on GLR for three years and for 8 years presented The Selector– a show for The British Council, broadcast in over 15 different countries.

Andi also regularly co-hosts coverage for BBC at Glastonbury and was Creative director of The Birdcage for two years before launching her very own kitchen at The Jackdaw and Star, a beautifully renovated pub and eatery in the heart of Homerton.

Cooking and entertainment are at the very heart of a particularly talented lady and we are delighted that she will share some of her skills and secrets on the stage at the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival this year.

Andi will appear on the stage at midday and 3pm on Sunday the 21st April.

The Festival runs over 3 days from Easter Saturday until Easter Monday and is staged at Chester Racecourse. Good weather can see as many as 30,000 people attend where over 150 exhibitors show food and drink from all over the globe. Cooking demonstrations, Cooking classes for Kids and Adults are all free for those who attend, and tickets start from just £6 on-line with children under 12 free, as is parking. All ticket purchasers will receive up to £30 voucher with their purchase that can be redeemed in an Individual Restaurant Group venue once joining their loyalty programme, which is free with purchase.

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