Taste of Grampian

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One of Britain’s most popular celebrity chefs and a new sensation in the world of cooking will be appearing at the annual showcase for the food and drink sector in the north-east.

Phil Vickery and Ed Baines will be displaying their culinary talents at The Taste of Grampian, being held at Inverurie’s Thainstone Centre on Saturday, June 2.

Mr Vickery, the resident chef on ITV’s This Morning, is a firm favourite with Taste of Grampian’s thousands of visitors and will be making his fourth appearance.

Mr Baines is the chef and co-owner of the hip and happening Randall & Aubin champagne and oyster bar in London’s Soho. He is one of the judges on ITV’s popular Britain’s Best Dish. It is his Taste of Grampian debut.

The pair will celebrate Grampian’s rich and diverse food and drink larder – reckoned by many to be the finest in the world – to the full.

They will each be giving their own cookery demonstrations and will round off the event with the now traditional cookery duel.

Taste of Grampian steering committee chairman Brian Pack revealed the celebrity chefs as he launched this year’s showcase to the sector.

Mr Pack urged food and drink firms to again support the event so that Grampian’s consumers can see, taste and buy the diverse range of goods they produce.

His call for companies to exhibit their wares was backed by Belinda Miller, the head of economic development with Aberdeenshire Council.

She said: “The event focuses on telling consumers about the richness and diversity of the north-east’s larder and has become an important occasion for local businesses, many of whom now use it as the launch pad for their innovative new products. So put the date in your diary so you can find out yourself how great our local food really is.”