Quartet of top chefs to offer mouth-watering demos at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Ellis Barrie, Gary Usher and Anton Piotrowski will join Raymond Blanc on the Celebrity Chef Demo Theatre where they will offer a series of cooking masterclasses

Anton Piotrowski
Masterchef the Professionals winner and owner of Rowski, Anton Piotrowski

 

High-profile Merseyside chefs Ellis Barrie, Gary Usher and Anton Piotrowski will join Raymond Blanc to deliver a series of cooking masterclasses at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival.

Taking place in Liverpool’s Sefton Park on the weekend of September 15 and 16, the festival will showcase some of the city’s finest flavours, as more than 30 local restaurants come together to serve up some of their most popular dishes.

There will also be plenty of tasty treats on offer at an artisan producers’ market, an international street food zone and live music and family entertainment.

Liverpool born chef, Ellis Barrie, who runs the Marram Grass restaurant in Anglesey with his brother Liam, recently won a place in the North West heat of The Great British Menu during his second appearance on the BBC series.

He will make his debut at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival by showing visitors how to prepare a Crab and Celeriac Risotto in the Celebrity Chef Demo Theatre.

Straight-talking chef and restaurateur, Gary Usher of Wreckfish, will be cooking up Braised Octopus and Aubergine, followed by Dark Chocolate Tart Drizzled in Honeycomb and Chantilly Cream during his appearance on the stage. 

Ellis Barrie
Ellis Barrie, who runs the Marram Grass restaurant in Anglesey with his brother Liam. Picture by Ioan Said Photography

 

And Masterchef the Professionals winner and owner of Rowski, Anton Piotrowski, is set to impress the audience as he prepares Welsh Wagyu and Guinea Fowl during his stint in the festival spotlight.

The Celebrity Chef Demo Theatre will also see Raymond Blanc showing the audience how to prepare his Crab Salad with Pink Grapefruit as well as his fluffy Cherry Clafoutis.

He will also be taking part in a live interview on stage, where the audience can find out more about the self-taught chef’s extraordinary journey from pot washer to two Michelin starred chef.

Ellis said: “Liverpool’s restaurant scene has changed enormously since I first started working as a chef and it’s great to see such quality and diversity in what the city has to offer. I’m really looking forward to joining such a brilliant line-up of talented chefs to celebrate the city’s food offering, which just keeps on getting better.”  

Isabella Kantor, Liverpool Food and Drink Festival manager, added: “Anyone with a passion for good food will enjoy the sessions at the Celebrity Chef Demo Theatre, where there will be plenty of opportunities to pick up tips and advice from some of the best chefs in the industry. 

Tickets to Liverpool Food and Drink Festival start from £7 per day and £11.50 for the whole weekend with free entry for children under 14. Click here for more details.Visit for tickets and further information.

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