The 2015 Christchurch Food & Wine Festival will have a touch of sunshine in it, whatever the weather, as the headline act will be the Jamaican chef famous for his Reggae Reggae products.
Levi Roots will be cooking up some Caribbean recipes on Saturday 9 May in the demonstration marquee which next year will be moving to the Quomps on Christchurch Quay as part of the new Festival Village.
Also joining the festival on Sunday 10 May will be TV chef, Dean Edwards who was a Masterchef finalist in 2006 and is currently a resident chef on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’.
After moving from Jamaica to Brixton Levi Roots started making his home-made Reggae Reggae sauce in his kitchen and selling it from small oulets in London. His break came when he appeared on BBC’s Dragons Den in 2007 and secured financial backing for his Reggae Reggae brand from Dragons Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh.
Since then his range of products has grown and can be found in most supermarkets. He has also written a number of cook books and has hosted his own TV programme ‘Caribbean Food Made Easy’.
After appearing in the Masterchef finals, Dean Edwards went on to work in the 2 Michelin starred Midsummer House restaurant in Cambridge. He has taken part in the BBC series ‘Take on The Takeaway’ where he worked alongside Gary Rhodes, Jean Christophe Novelli and Angela Hartnett. He has also appeared in ‘Saturday Cookbook’, ‘Market Kitchen’ and ITV’s ‘Good Morning’. His first book ‘Mincespiration’ was published in 2013 and his second book ‘Feel Good Family Food’ will be out early in 2015.
Vicki Hallam, Chairman of the Christchurch Food Festival, said: “We are so fortunate to have secured these two great chefs for the 2015 festival. Levi is sure to attract a great crowd when he brings a taste of the Caribbean to the new location for the demonstration marquee on the Quomps while Dean is such an accomplished chef that we are all bound to pick up some great tips from him.”
Next year’s festival will be bigger than ever say the organisers. More details will appear at www.christchurchfoodfest.co.uk as they get confirmed. You can follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter – @xchurchfood
You can also follow the two celebrity chefs on Twitter – @levirootsmusic and @deanedwardschef