Chef says bonjour to food festival

Jean Christophe Novelli.
Jean Christophe Novelli.

A WORLD-RENOWED Michelin star chef will be making a guest appearance at this year’s Alnwick Food Festival.

Jean-Christophe Novelli, dubbed the nation’s favourite French chef, will be involved in a host of events at the festival, which takes place from Friday, September 23, to Sunday, September 25 in the town.

The celebrity chef is excited about attending the seventh Alnwick Food Festival.

He said: “I’m delighted to be visiting Alnwick and being involved in this fabulous event. Northumberland is famous for producing a fantastic range of top quality local food produce and I’m looking forward to meeting local producers as well as suppliers during my visit.

“This will be my first visit to Alnwick and I’m aware of the town’s immense history, the wonderful castle and the famous Alnwick Garden.

“The food festival is a well established event and has become another huge attraction for the town.

“I’m excited to be part of the festival activities and by doing so, helping to further develop its growing reputation and profile.”

Mr Novelli has placed several leading restaurants on the international map in England and South Africa as well as in France.

During the course of his career he has accumulated no fewer than four Michelin stars. His passion for food cuisine and passing on his wealth of culinary knowledge to others resulted in the establishment of the Novelli Academy in 2005.

Within three months of opening, Jean-Christophe’s establishment was voted amongst the top 25 cookery schools in the world.

This year’s event is set to be bigger and better than before and will take place over three days, rather than two as in previous years.

Trade stalls, cookery demonstrations, entertainers and more will be on show thourghout the weekend. And the event runs alongside the Alnwick Beer Festival in Alnwick Town Hall.

Food Festival director Karen Larkin said: “I’m delighted Jean-Christophe has agreed to be our celebrity guest chef. His attendance is a huge boost for the 2011 festival and we are aiming to attract a record number of visitors and trade stands to this year’s event.

“Northumberland offers an immense range of top quality food and bringing local producers, farmers, suppliers and consumers together will provide huge benefits for the county.

“The Alnwick Food Festival attracts local businesses and visitors from as far afield as Newcastle, Hexham, Berwick and the Scottish Border areas and is firmly recognised as being a showcase event for the region.”

A full programme of food festival activities will be announced in due course as well as being posted on the festival’s website at www.alnwickfoodfestival.co.uk