Michelin star chef and Bake Off contestant take the stage at this weekend’s food festival

Birmingham Independent Food Fair’s Chef Demo Kitchen will feature cooking demonstrations from local chef Richard Turner and Ali Imdad, former Great British Bake Off contestant.

Richard will demonstrate the cheffing skills that have won his Harborne restaurant Turners many accolades, including the coveted Michelin Star.

After his stint on TV, Ali Imdad recently opened a dessert parlour in Ladypool Road. He is preparing a playful menu of apple pie ‘fries’ with salted caramel ‘ketchup’, as well as savoury canapes with caramelised onion chutney.

Jayne Bradley Ghosh from Edgbaston’s Kitchen Cookery School, and Gary Goldsmith, Chef Lecturer at University College Birmingham, will also take to the stage over the weekend.

And the festival will introduce local home chef Gayani Ariyaratne, serving up ‘A Taste of Sri Lanka’ on Sunday. The supper club host will give visitors a flavour of the South Asian island, where seafood and coconut are the star ingredients.

The marquee theatre will pop up on the front lawn outside Millennium Point, alongside The Jekyll and Hyde Gin Garden and a Craft Beer Bar hosted by Sutton Coldfield drinks retailer The Cellar Door.

 As well as showcasing cookery skills, the Chef Demo Kitchen is part funded by The Big Lottery Fund and will feature an exhibition on tackling food poverty by FoodCycle Birmingham.

 The charity collects unused food that would have been thrown away by businesses, and uses it to prepare meals for vulnerable people in the city.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the FoodCycle exhibition, where they can learn more about the issues, volunteer or donate food to the charity. Tinned and preserved goods are preferred.

Birmingham Independent Food Fair is this weekend (12-13 September) at Millennium Point. Advance tickets start at £6.50, while a limited number will be available on the door, starting at £7.

Tickets are available here.

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