The Cookery Theatre was hosted in the Maidstone Exhibition Hall.  Visitors had the opportunity to watch a  variety of chefs cooking the finest Kent Produce. This year the area was coordinated by Matthew Kearsey-Lawson, Head Chef and Owner of Multi award winning Kent Fine Foods.


The Kent is Delicious Competition took place in the Cookery Theatre on Friday 6 July the three schools selected as finalists were on stage preparing their entries.  The finalists this year created a breakfast recipe using as many locally grown, sourced or produced ingredients as possible.

The young chefs explained how they made it, the number of ‘food-miles’ the dish contains, and what they learnt in the process.  The completed snacks were judged by a panel of experts and the winning school won free travel to the Kent County Agricultural Society “Living Land’ event next May.  All Finalists received a Farmers’ Market Association voucher to spend on a tasty hamper of food.

Saturday and Sunday – Cooking Demonstrations

Each afternoon a number of local chefs and producers provided a variety of cooking demonstrations, talks and Q&A’s.