Omar Allibhoy – 'Tapas Revolution' (Masterclass) Priory Centre, Saturday 5.00 – 5.45pm

Penwythnos yr Ŵyl / Festival weekend

21–22 Medi / 21–22 September
Dosbarthiadau Meistr / Masterclasses

Demonstrations, tips and Q&A with top-flight chefs and cookery writers. Events last approximately 45 minutes.

Dydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 September
11.00 – 11.45am / Venue: Priory Centre
Tickets: Sold Out (£7.00)

Proper Pub Food – Tom Kerridge

Sponsored by:

Abergavenny Brake & Clutch

Tom Kerridge demonstrates how to cook simple food perfectly. At The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Tom has the only pub in the UK to hold two Michelin stars. He is also the only contestant on Great British Menu to have twice won the honour of cooking the main course in the finale. His first TV series Proper Pub Food is showing on BBC 2 in the autumn.


Bryn WilliamsDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 September
12.30 – 1.15pm / Venue: Priory Centre / Tickets: Sold Out (£7.00)

Respect the Veg – Bryn Williams

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The top Welsh chef and owner of Odette’s thinks that vegetables and fruit are too often not given the same attention as the so-called main ingredients such as fish or meat. Here he shows how fruit and vegetables can be given their place in the sun, as stars of the show in their own right. Bryn is a regular guest on Saturday Kitchen and made his own Welsh-language TV series Cegin Bryn.


Florence KnightDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 September
2.00 – 2.45pm / Venue: Priory Centre / Tickets: Sold Out (£7.00)

Small Plates – Florence Knight

Sponsored by:

The Abergavenny Fine Food Co.

Florence Knight is one of the rising stars of the London restaurant scene. At the age of 24 she was asked to head up the kitchen at Polpetto, little sibling to Russell Norman’s trend-setting Polpo, where she earned a reputation for the delicacy and simplicity of her cooking. Here Florence cooks some of her favourite small plates, with recipes from her first cookbook One: A Cook and her Cupboard.


Signe JohansenDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 September
3.30 – 4.15pm / Venue: Priory Centre / Tickets: Sold Out (£7.00)

Scandi Baking – Signe Johansen

Food anthropologist, writer and cook Signe Johansen introduces one of the world’s great baking cultures. From cinnamon buns to crisp, buttery biscuits and cakes galore, Scandinavians are great bakers. And, unlike the French, they use many of the same ingredients that we use in the UK. Signe is the author of Scandilicious Baking, one of the hit cookery books of 2012.


Omar AllibhoyDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 September
5.00 – 5.45pm / Venue: Priory Centre /Tickets: Sold Out (£7.00)

Tapas Revolution – Omar Allibhoy

With his flowing locks and flair for the camera, Gordon Ramsay has described him as the Antonio Banderas of cooking. But Omar Allibhoy has an impressive pedigree. He has worked with Ferran Adria and Jason Atherton and was Head chef at El Pirata De Tapas before launching his own restaurant Tapas Revolution with outlets at Bluewater and Westfield. He has published his first cookbook and he is still in his twenties. Omar’s mission is to bring proper Spanish food to the masses. Here he will show you how to cook a paella... properly.


Matt Tebbutt and Val WarnerDydd Sul 22 Medi / Sunday 22 September
11.00 – 11.45am / Venue: Priory Centre
Tickets: Sold Out (£7.00)

Sneaky Treats and Guilty Pleasures – Matt Tebbutt and Val Warner

Sponsored by:

Flint & Flame

A little bit of what you fancy does you good is the theme of Matt’s new cookbook Matt Tebbutt’s Guilty Pleasures. Valentine Warner is the author of the ultra-edible The Good Table. Join the two of them for an exploration of the indulgent side of cooking.


Tim McDougallDydd Sul 22 Medi / Sunday 22 September
12.30 – 1.15pm / Venue: Priory Centre / Tickets: £7.00

Restaurant Entertaining At Home
Tim McDougall at Terry M

Don’t miss this captivating cookery demonstration with award-winning Head Chef Tim McDougall from Celtic Manor’s 3 AA Rosette flagship restaurant, Terry M. Enjoy fascinating tips on how to get that fine dining experience in the comfort of your own kitchen, plus mouth-watering tasters showcasing the finest locally-sourced produce including Welsh lamb, Bristol Channel seabass and Swansea Bay mussels.


Shelina PermallooDydd Sul 22 Medi / Sunday 22 September
2.00 – 2.45pm / Venue: Priory Centre / Tickets: Sold Out (£7.00)

A Taste of Sunshine – Shelina Permalloo

Shelina Permalloo dazzled the nation with her brilliant smile and her exotic cooking on her way to winning MasterChef in 2012. Shelina’s food reflects the melting-pot of Creole, French, Indian, African, British and Chinese influences that is her Mauritian heritage. Here she demonstrates some vegetarian dishes from her first cook book, Sunshine on a Plate.

Programme change – Unfortunately Shelina Permalloo is unable to attend due to ill health. Festival regular and 'Incredible Spiceman' Cyrus Todiwala has kindly offered to step in to showcase Shelina's recipes.

Thanks to publishers, Ebury Press, we have three complimentary copies of 'Sunshine on a Plate' to give away. Buy tickets for this event and you will automatically be entered into a draw. Shelina will also be attending our book signing sessions – find out more



Cyrus TodiwalaDydd Sul 22 Medi / Sunday 22 September
3.30 – 4.15pm / Venue: Priory Centre / Tickets: Sold Out (£7.00)

Mr Todiwala’s Bombay Kitchen – Cyrus Todiwala OBE

Cyrus Todiwala is a pioneer of fusion cooking but here he returns to his roots; the city of Bombay where he grew up; and the Parsee community of which he remains a proud member. Cyrus and his wife Pervin are a legendary culinary team. They have made Café Spice Namaste an East London landmark and more recently opened The Park Café at Victoria Park East and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen at Hilton London Heathrow T5. Chef Cyrus has won a bucketload of awards. In 2012 he cooked the very first luncheon of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tour.


Signe Johansen © Debi Treloar

Signe Johansen

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