Local celebs Sophie Ellis Bextor and Jo Pratt to host food demonstrations at Pub in the Park

Images above: Jo Pratt, Chris Baber, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones

Who else but the Kitchen disco queen to host a cookery demonstration?

Chiswick’s own disco queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor is appearing at Pub in the Park this year. Her music set is on Saturday night (5 September) but she and husband Richard Jones (also better known for his music – The Feeling) will also be hosting a cookery demonstration during the weekend of good food and music in the grounds of Chiswick House 2 – 4 September.

Sophie’s Kitchen disco became famous as a way to enjoy family nights in during the pandemic and to keep our spirits up. She ended it with a 24 hour danceathon on BBC Breakfast for Children in Need.

Chef Jo Pratt, cookbook author and restaurateur, is another well known local personality among the impressive line-up of chefs Pub in the Park has brought together for this year’s event.

Hosting the festival weekend is the originator of Pub in the Park Tom Kerridge, alongside Matt Tebbutt from Saturday Kitchen. They will be popping up around the festival doing demos.

Most of the food action takes place on the Miele Chef Demo Stage, where some of the best chefs in the business will offer their culinary tips and tricks. Among the chefs showing off their skills will be Ella Mills, director of Deliciously Ella, Atul Kochhar, Nitisha Patel, Karan Gokani, Maunika Gowardhan, Chris Baber and Dominique Woolf.

Image above: Tom Kerridge, Ella Mills, Matt Tebbutt

Improve your barbecuing skills

This year the Firepit Stage makes a return after its debut in Chiswick last year. These sessions will of course be ‘smokin’ hot’ and led by some of the best barbecue experts in the business. The host, Adam Purnell (aka Shropshire Lad) is billed as ‘the coolest chef around’. He will be joined in presenting demonstrations by DJ BBQ, Ben Tish, Joshua Moroney, Thuy Pham, Karan Gokani and Joy Philips.

See the demonstration, taste the food and then buy the book so you can (in theory) replicate the tastebud experience at home. Meet the chefs at the Pub in the Park bookshop and have your copy of their recipe book signed in person, with a selfie if desired. (Though I’m not sure an image of the chef looking reproachfully at me as I mess up their recipe would really help!)

If this has whetted your appetite, you can find tickets here: Pub in the Park

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See also: Sophie Ellis-Bextor raises £1m in 24-hour Children In Need danceathon

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