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 7 July the four schools selected as finalists were on stage preparing their entries.  The finalists this year created three tasty after–school snacks 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.