Once again the wonderful Kent County Show ‘Cookery Theatre’ will be in full swing over the three days. The purpose built demonstration kitchen in the Food & Farming Area, plays host to a number of local chefs and cooks and organised by Matthew Kearsey-Lawson. Matthew is the mastermind and owner of multi-award winning, Kent Fine Foods. Known for his witty presentations at some of Kent Farmer’s Markets and his regular spots on BBC Radio Kent.
The Cookery Theatre is open to the public on Friday but will be used to host the wonderful ‘Kent is Delicious’ Competition organised by the Diocese of Canterbury. This competition is open to all primary schools in the county and encourages young people to think about local, seasonal produce. Schools are this year invited to create a tasty breakfast dish using as many local grown, produced or sourced ingredients as possible. Four schools are picked to compete in a live final in the cookery theatre on Friday 7 July. Entries closed on Thursday 25th May and showed how they developed their recipe, what they found out about local ingredients, the local producers they discovered and met on the way, and how seasonality influenced the ingredients they chose.
The teams will be judged by a panel of experts and the winning school will receive £300 in vouchers to help fund gardening or cookery projects in their school. There will be two runners-up prizes of £100 in vouchers for gardening and cookery projects. In addition, every finalist school will receive £50 worth of Kent Farmers’ Market Association vouchers to spend at their local farmers’ market.
On Saturday and Sunday there will be a full line-up of demonstrations on the hour from 10am until 4pm. Saturday starts with Alexander Hunt from Potash Farm then Laura Bounds from the nationally selling, Kent Crisps and Kentish Oils brand. At midday visitors will be treated to a Baklava demonstration by ‘Refined Baklava’ followed at 1pm by Victoria Bryant from Little Brittany Crepes. In the afternoon Caroline Wilding from Dine Thyme will be sharing some of the secrets to her divine range of sausage rolls, pork pies and other pastries. The final chef of the day will be Jane Apps from the Fat Carrot exclusively producing vegetarian dishes.
On Sunday the cooking kicks off with Bruce McMichael from Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market followed again by Laura Bounds. At 12.00 noon and 1pm there will be two chefs from Kent Cookery School and Kent Collection followed by Will Devlin, Head Chef at the exciting new pop up restaurant nO/FIxEd/aBodE. Hilary Steel, ‘The Comedy Cook will entertain the audience with her culinary antics and Jason Williams will round off the Show with his excellent Kentish Pies.