Stellar Cast of Chefs Line up for Yorkshire’s Finest The 2012 Malton Food Lovers Festival

The Malton Food Lovers Festival is unashamedly delighted to announce that the finest line up of chefs and cooks anywhere in the country will be in attendance over the weekend of 19th and 20th May.

Regular top class foodies and supporters of the event are joined this year by two new chefs, both with a prominence that stretches well beyond Yorkshire. Ben Cox, Yorkshire Life Dining Pub of the Year 2011 winner and Yorkshire Pudding Champion from the Star at Sancton and Lionel Strub Chef Patron, the Mirabelle in Harrogate, join a culinary cast of award winners and Michelin starred professionals.

They include: James Mackenzie chef-owner of the renowned, Michelin starred Pipe and Glass Inn; Rob Green, multi award winning National Seafood Chef of the Year, Green’s of Whitby; Robert Ramsden, Specialist Food Development at Deli Fresh; Stephanie Moon, Chef Consultant at Rudding Park; Peter Neville from The Pheasant Inn at Harome, Yorkshire Life Restaurant of the Year, 2011; Priya Raman, from Raman’s Kitchen winner of the Hairy Bikers Best Cooking Family In Britain; Richard Allen, National Executive Chef of Award winning, Create, Leeds; Dan Farrall, The Jolly Farmers, Leavening, and Community Partnership Awards Winner 2011, Bettys Cookery School from Harrogate. Joining them are local luminaries Sophie Legard, of Malton Relish and Anthony Gillham joint owner and chef of the newly opened gourmet pub, The New Malton.

The Malton Food Lovers Festival also boasts five superior Patrons. The esteemed Italian cook Antonio Carluccio and award winning food writer and critic Matthew Fort are the two newest Patrons announced for 2012. They join food columnist and television presenter Tom Parker Bowles, the distinguished kitchen grand dame, Rosemary Shrager and the much admired Andrew Pern, chef patron of The Star Inn at Harome. All five Patrons will be demonstrating in the Cookery Theatres over the two day event.

In addition, Selina Scott, the acclaimed national journalist who lives nearby, takes up the new role of Festival President this year and is therefore perfectly placed to extol her passion for local food and retailers.

The 2012 event taking place in Malton’s historic Market Place will feature a two-day programme of celebrity chef demonstrations; over 100 prestige food stallholders, highlighting quality regional specialties and local seasonal produce; an expanded Beer, Wine and Cider Festival in the Milton Rooms; and an extended Welcome To Yorkshire Food Lovers Taste Trail around the town. There will also be a programme of ‘Masterclass’ tasting tutorials and book signings, an Army kitchen, street theatre and outdoor music ““ in fact everything for a great family weekend.

Festival Organiser Tom Naylor-Leyland, said: “Now in our fourth year the Malton Food Lovers Festival is a real showcase for our spectacular chef line up, the best line up of any country food festival in the UK, and the top quality locally grown produce. We are proud to be known as Yorkshire’s Finest”.

The Malton Food Lovers Festivals and Markets are organised by the Malton Amenity CIC, a Community Interest Company. Its principal sponsors are Fitzwilliam Malton Estate and the Earl Fitzwilliam Charitable Trust – “”