Verstegen Stage

Celebrity chefs

Verstegen are proud sponsors of the chefs stage

Starting in 1886 as pepper traders, Verstegen have grown and now produce over 7,200 different flavours without compromising on the quality that sets them apart. This philosophy has seen us grow all across Europe.

Working directly with farmers all over the world, they only accept the best possible quality herbs and spices. This means picking ingredients that have the best soil, climate and farming conditions so that you can use the most authentic flavours in your kitchen

James Martin

James will be appearing on Saturday 12th May

11am: 1pm : 3pm

Demonstrations last between 30 and 40 minutes and will be followed by a book signing

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James is no stranger to Essex - he has been wowing the crowds for the last three years at our sister show "Essex Festival of Food and Drink" at Cressing Temple Barns and now we can give him a huge welcome him to the racecourse. He will of course bring his usual charm, unique presentation style and his passion for proper British food! James is a born chef and entertainer and the combination of his outstanding cooking skills and sense of humour make him a winner every time!

Martin & Su

Breakfast presenters Martin & Su will be introducing James to the stage and taking audience questions. Watch out for some fun and games from these two!

John Torode

John will be appearing on Sunday 13th May

11am: 1pm: 3pm

Demonstrations last for 30 - 40 minutes and will be followed by a book signing

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A hugely popular and influential figure on the UK culinary circuit, John is best known as the straight talking co-host and judge of BBC1's MasterChef. Australian by birth, John is credited as one of the main players in introducing Australasian food to the UK in the mid 1990's.

John is passionate about sourcing the best of British produce, particularly within the meat industry, where he has long been a champion of rare breeds

His Aussie sense of humour and natural cooking style will be sure to entertain you.