This year the Cookery Theatre is back for a second year in the Why Farming Matters in Kent Area in the Clive Emson Exhibition Hall. The area is being coordinated by Matthew Kearsey-Lawson, Head Chef and Owner of Multi award winning Kent Fine Foods. Matthew is an experienced farmer, quality manager, food producer and a regular on BBC Radio Kent and at some of Kent’s Farmer’s Markets. The products that his company produce are made by his own hands & his small team, while many of the recipes come from his mother’s inventive cook book. His company focuses on the quality, bespoke food market, rather than high pressure, high bulk products and aims to make all of the products using the best quality Kentish ingredients.  We are delighted that Matthew will be compere for the area and visitors must pop along to hear his lively and informative pre-chef introductions.

On Friday the main event in the area is the Kent is Delicious competition organised by the Diocese of Canterbury. The competition, which started in 2012 is made up from the finalists chosen from four local schools who will compete in creating three tasty after-school snacks using as many locally grown, sourced or produced ingredients as possible. Throughout the competition, the young chefs will be explaining how they are making the recipes, talk about the ‘food miles’ associated with the produce they have used and then explain what they have learnt in the process. After their demonstrations, the food that they produced will be judged and one school will be awarded with the prize!

On Saturday and Sunday visitors will have the opportunity to watch a variety of chefs cooking the finest Kent Produce! This year there is a full programme with demonstrations from various food producers specialising in bread making to how to make indian cuisine. There are also demonstrations from chefs from local successful businesses where they will show you how to make their tasty dishes.

The Omelette challenge first took place last year in the Why Farming Matters Cookery Theatre and proved so popular that it is being hosted again on Saturday and Sunday morning. The challenge is open to individuals and teams who would like to compete with others to see who can make an omelette the fastest and win the prize!

For more details about the chefs, competitions and recipes please visit out Cookery Theatre page.