Timetable of Talks and Demos

In 2018 we had a fantastic selection of chefs' demos, foodie talks, storytelling and flavour school teachers and we will be putting together a similar program for 2019.



Jonathan Adriaenssens - Bell and Bear, Emberton | 11.45PM

Since 2009 Jon Adriaenssens and his partner, Sophie, have owned the Bell & Bear in Emberton, where they have endeavoured to keep this village pub alive whilst at the same time offering high quality food in their restaurant. It is testament to their hard work that they have won the Best Use of Local Produce category in the Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards for the past four years and Best Pub in 2018. In addition, Jon won Chef of the Year in 2017. The combination of hyper-local ingredients and a skilled chef make for a superb dining experience.


Phil Fanning - Paris House - A Dish from a Chef | 12.30PM

Phil Fanning is the proud Chef Owner of the elegant Paris House Restaurant set in the stunning deer park of the Woburn Estate. Along with his knowledgeable team of friendly professionals, he ensures that diners are treated to a memorable dining experience, enjoying innovative food that excites. He began cooking at an early age and even made an appearance on Junior MasterChef as a finalist in 1997.  His style is distinctly contemporary, without falling into the trap of being modern for the sake of being modern. He tempers his classical French roots with far-reaching ingredients and his skills have earned him a Michelin Star. As the MKFoodFest visitors will have the chance to see Phil in action, demonstrating his chef skills and explaining the thinking behind the dish.


Turan T Turan - Coldsmoking Cookery School - How to Hot Smoke | 1.15pm

Turan has been smoking and preserving foods for many years, has written two books on food smoking, curing and drying food and now runs the Coldsmoking Cookery School with his wife, Alison. Together they run regular classes on food smoking, curing, charcuterie and sausage-making. Recently Turan has been involved with Jamie’s fifteen apprentices, teaching them how to smoke food and was consultant on the TV production of the Victorian Slum. He was also featured on the BBC TV programme Nadiya’s British Food Adventure where he was teaching Nadia how to smoke fish. At the MKFoodFest he will be demonstrating how to hot smoke food.


Shane Clarke - Milton Keynes chef of the year 2018 - Head Chef, Swan Inn, Milton Keynes Village - Working with Pasta | 2.00PM

Shane is a multi-award-winning chef with a passion for inspiring and nurturing young aspiring chefs and he currently employs four students in his team of ten chefs. He has worked predominately in rosette restaurants and has experience in busy top end gastro pubs. He won Chef of the Year at the Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards in 2012 and then again in 2018 and Northampton’s Best Chef in 2016. In addition, he has been awarded 2 rosettes for fine dining and has worked as a private chef in Switzerland for a top end 5-star company. It is his ambition to be at the forefront of bringing top quality food to Milton Keynes and to help bring original, exciting restaurants to Milton Keynes’ food scene, using as much local produce as possible. At the MKFoodFest, Shane will be demonstrating working with pasta to create a beautiful dish to inspire you to try at home.


Mark Lees - Cray Fish Capers - Crayfish: Trap to Plate | 2.45PM

Returning to the MKFoodFest this year is Mark Lees from Crayfish Capers. He has been trapping, cooking and talking all things signal crayfish for over 10 years now. Having cooked for the likes of Gary Rhodes, Sophie Grigson, the Hairy Bikers, John and Gregg, Heston Blumenthal and Jay Rayner, Mark has turned his interest in crayfish into a full-on battle. This invasive non-native species is damaging our waterway habitat and Mark sees the best way to help tackle this issue is to eat them. Who’d have thought it: free mini lobsters in the middle of Milton Keynes, and eating them is good for the environment! Mark is keen to show as many people as possible how to use this free local resource and his demonstration will give you a chance to see these critters up close and be inspired to source, cook and enjoy them. He will offer guidance on identification, trapping and cooking, including a recipe.


Louise Talbot - Cutting the Curd - How to make your own cheese | 3.30PM

Having learnt to make cheese almost 20 years, Louise Talbot now runs a cheese-making course at her Cutting the Curd Cookery School. She brings her expertise to Milton Keynes several times a year to teach cheese-making at the Coldsmoking Cookery School in Great Linford. Louise is an Academy of Cheese Training Partner and member of the Specialist Cheese Makers Association and The Guild of Fine Foods and guest tutor at many Cookery Schools, including Waitrose, Leiths School of Food and Wine, Divertimenti and WI Denman College and is also a World Cheese Awards, Global Cheese Awards and Great Taste judge. Considering that cheese was made on a regular basis only a generation or so ago, Louise is surprised how often she is asked, how do I make my own cheese? At the MKFoodFest, Louise will be helping to answer that question with her cheese-making demonstration.

Aaron Clarke from The Brothers' Supper | 4.15PM

Aaron is the brother of Chef of the Year, Shane Clarke and together they run The Brothers’ Supper. With over 20 years of shared experience in catering in pubs, restaurants, hotels, farms, weddings and private functions, they are able to deliver a unique dining experience and promise to give you exactly what you desire when it comes to your catering needs.  Each month they produce two, six course fine dining menus, one of which is vegan, for an affordable price. On the stage they will be cooking one vegan dish and one meat/fish dish and explain how we make high quality food and vegan substitutes.



Efficiency Technologies - Innovations in Food Waste | 11.30AM


Wharf Distillery - Naked Gin | 12.15PM


Food Bank - You don’t have to be a poet to work at the Food Bank...but it helps! | 1.00pm


Chocolate Mill MK - Chocolate: Variations & Differences | 1.45PM


MK Council Waste Education - Food Waste Caddy Superhero! | 2.30PM


Radmore Farm - The Local Farm Shop & The Online Store | 3.15PM


The Parks Trust - Revealing, Reviving and Restoring the Heritage of Great Linford Manor Park | 4.00PM



11.30AM | Baby and Toddler Food Fiction:

• Magic Porridge Pot

• Gingerbread Man

• The Enormous Turnip

• Magic Melon

• Stone Soup

• Bee Makes Tea


1.00PM | Storytime for Young Readers:

• Compton Valance: The Time-Travelling


• Penny Dreadful Cooks Up a Calamity

• Twitches Bake a Cake


2.30PM | Middle Grade Storytime:

• The House with Chicken Legs

• Slavic Recipes and Worksheets


4.00PM | A reading from the new Young Adult releases:

• Holly Bourne’s Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

• Mel Darbon’s Rosie Loves Jack. 

• Also a discussion about Young Adult Fiction.



Jam Moo Kow - Fruit, vegetables, jams & chutney | 12.15PM


Chocolate Mill MK - Chocolate | 1.15PM


Bell & Bear - Chef tasters | 2.15PM


Riverford Fruit Veg - Fruit & Vegetables | 3.15PM


Coldsmoking Cookery School - Smoked foods and charcuterie | 4.15PM