TV presenter appearing at festival fringe


TV presenter Stelios Kiosses will be making a star appearance at Shrewsbury Market Hall on Sunday June 30 as part of the town’s food festival attractions.

The food-loving TV psychotherapist from the popular Channel 4 series ‘The Hoarder Next Door’, will be compering a live gourmet demonstration,

The market hall is staging a rolling programme of demonstrations throughout the weekend involving some of Shrewsbury’s top chefs and food specialists as part of fringe events taking place in the town in support of the first Shrewsbury Food Festival.

Award-winning chefs taking part are: former Michelin star holder Alan Dann, executive chef of Henry Tudor House; Nigel Huxley, chef-patron of Draper’s Hall; Paul Maders, executive chef at The Lion Hotel, and Masterchef The Professionals quarter-finalist Chris Conde, the head chef at The Inn at Grinshill.

Mr Kiosses, who lives on the Shropshire/Worcestershire border, will be compering Mr Huxley live on stage at 1pm on Sunday.

Market Hall food experts also joining the demonstration line-up are national award-winning artisan chocolatier Julia Wenlock, of Toot Sweets: Shropshire Chocolates; seafood specialist Ian Cornall, of Saint Pierre Oyster Bar and Barkworth’s Seafoods; Nadia Zaza, of the North African and Middle Eastern restaurant Mirage, and chef-butcher David Lumley of traditional butcher William Dodd Ltd.

Mr Kiosses, who will be among a number of local media personalities compering the demonstrations, said that the nutritional value of food played a direct role on psychological wellbeing.

“What we eat and drink not only impacts on our bodies, it effects our mood and behaviour. Good food helps us to become healthier, happier and more in control of our mental and emotional state," he said.
In one episode of The Hoarder Next Door he advocated the use of culinary therapy in a pristine two-Michelin star restaurant as a practical tool to help two extreme hoarders face up to the wretchedness of their destructive behaviour.

Food and drink expert James Day, director of a hospitality marketing company and the lifestyle dining club Gourmet Life, will be compering Alan Dann’s demonstrations at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Senior regional journalist Jon Simcock, representing Shropshire Business Today magazine, will compere Chris Conde’s demonstration at 1pm on Saturday.

Chris Pritchard, editor of online county news and business website Shropshire Live, will compere Julia Wenlock’s demonstration at 10.45am on Sunday followed by Nadia Zaza at 11.30am. Lifestyle writer Sarah Hart will compere Paul Maders as he brings an exciting finale to the demonstrations at 2pm on Sunday.

Other fringe events taking place in the market hall, off Claremont Street, include food trails and tastings, a restaurant safari, fish showcase, competitions, festival afternoon tea (Saturday only) and children’s cupcake workshops at 10.30am and 1.30pm both days.

Admission to the market hall is free. Admission to the main festival site at Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park, where celebrity chefs Will Holland of Ludlow’s La Becasse restaurant and Marcus Bean, of The New Inn at Baschurch, can be seen in action, is £5 for adults and £1 for children.

Market Hall Chef Demonstration times

Saturday June 29th                     

11am Nigel Huxley Chef-patron, Draper’s Hall           

Noon Alan Dann Executive chef, Henry Tudor House
1pm Chris Conde Head Chef, The Inn at Grinshill               

2pm David Lumley Chef butcher, William Dodd Ltd
3pm Ian Cornall Seafood expert, Barkworth’s Seafoods        

Sunday June 30th

11am Julia Wenlock Artisan chocolatier, Toot Sweets

11.30 Nadia Zaza Chef proprietor, Mirage (Middle Eastern)

Noon Alan Dann Executive chef, Henry Tudor House

1pm Nigel Huxley Draper’s Hall (presented by TV’s Stelios Kiosses) 

2pm Paul Maders Executive Chef, The Hayward at The Lion Hotel

Chef profiles

(In order of appearance)

Nigel Huxley

Chef-patron at Draper’s Hall restaurant and boutique hotel, Nigel trained at Radbrook College, Shrewsbury, before his career took him to Le Montreaux Palace, Switzerland, the London Savoy and a clutch of fine dining establishments, including some of Shropshire’s most celebrated restaurants. He cemented Draper’s gourmet reputation 12 years ago, consistently retaining two coveted AA rosettes.           

Alan Dann

Alan’s career began at the legendary three-Michelin star Waterside Inn at Bray under the great Michel and Albert Roux. He has held positions at a string of three-Michelin star restaurants in France and won Michelin stars in his own right as head chef at Lower Slaughter Manor in the Cotswolds and The Mill at Gordleton, Hampshire. Great things are hoped for in his new tenure at Henry Tudor House.

Chris Conde

Chris has made a big impression since taking up his first head chef position at The Inn at Grinshill three years ago. Mentions in the Michelin guide, TV appearances on Masterchef the Professionals where he reached the quarter-finals, two AA rosettes within the first year and now a front-runner’s spot for the Good Food Guide’s ‘Readers’ Restaurant of the Year (Midlands)’.

David Lumley

David worked as a chef in the kitchens of some of Shropshire’s leading restaurants, including the Lion and Pheasant Hotel, the Mytton and Mermaid and Ludlow’s Fishmore Hall, before taking up a position with William Dodd Ltd, in the Market Hall, one of the few truly traditional butchers left in Shrewsbury. He’ll be demonstrating special ways with meat including how to conjure up healthy burgers.

Ian Cornall

Ian is the dynamic force behind Barkworths Seafoods and the popular Saint Pierre Oyster Bar in the Market Hall. He landed his first fish at the age of six and by 17 he was working as a trout farmer. He sources his fish, crab, lobster and fine Maldon oysters daily from sustainable inshore boats, and has a passion for seafood cookery. His influences are Rick Stein, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and celebrated fishmonger-chef Mitch Tonks.

Julia Wenlock

Julia is a multi award-winning artisan chocolatier who is rapidly gaining national recognition for the quality of her handmade single origin chocolates. In just a few months she has won a national silver award with the prestigious Academy of Chocolate and been short-listed for an international accolade. Julia will be delighting chocolate lovers with a talk and taste.

Nadia Zaza

Nadia is a trained cordon bleu chef who has brought an authentic taste of the Middle East to her Market Hall restaurant Mirage. The former Harrods pastry chef worked in the Middle East for many years, allowing her to explore the exotic flavours and traditional cookery of the region.

Paul Maders

Paul was head chef at Abode Manchester for Michael Caines before beginning his tenure at the high-end dining establishment The Hayward at The Lion Hotel. In a short time he has achieved two AA rosettes and a good rating in the Michelin guide. His passion is for re-creating old regional dishes and giving them a modern make-over. He offers an exciting finale to the Market Hall food demonstrations.


Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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