The Planning Committee of the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival is delighted to announce that celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott will be attending the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival on Saturday 22nd September 2012 at the Nunnery Gardens, Douglas.
Ainsley trained at Westminster College and worked as a chef in many of London’s leading hotels before starting a long and successful TV career, beginning with Good Morning With Anne & Nick in 1994 and continuing through his series Ready, Steady Cook (a 17-year run), Ainsley’s Barbecue Bible, Ainsley’s Gourmet Express and many others, including BBC1’s current Great British Food Revival. He has starred in TV cookery programmes the world over and makes regular guest appearances on a variety of programmes; recently, he featured on Who Do You Think You Are? making some surprising discoveries about his West Indian ancestry.
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Ainsley will give 2 cookery demonstrations at the Festival, using local Manx produce, judge the I Love Manx Professional Chef competition and meet some of the Manx food and drink producers who will be exhibiting at the Festival. On the previous evening, he will give an entertaining cookery demonstration at an Isle of Man Hospice fundraising event at the Mailbox, Douglas.
Ainsley is known for his ebullient personality and his passion for creating fresh, fun, accessible meals which are easy to prepare and cook. He is a familiar face on supermarket shelves with his successful food range and is an author with sales of over 2 million cookbooks worldwide, including the popular series of Meals in Minutes.
Ainsley said: “This will be my first visit to the Isle of Man and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s always exciting to discover quality, fresh local produce and to create delicious recipes which are healthy, easy to cook and taste great”.
DEFA Minister, Phil Gawne, MHK said “The Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the very best of Manx food and drink and I am very pleased that we will be welcoming such a respected and well known chef to it. I’m sure that we will all learn new and innovative ways of cooking some of our wonderful Manx produce and I’m really looking forward to the event”.