Country Living Kitchen - sponsored by Stoves

In the CL Kitchen, sponsored by Stoves, we bring together some of the country’s finest food and drink producers for our visitors to enjoy during the Country Living Fairs. The CL Kitchen, sponsored by Stoves, is the perfect place to pick up some tips and tricks from our team of cooking professionals and learn how to make delicious and creative seasonal recipes to impress family and friends with this festive season. 

The CL Kitchen, sponsored by Stoves, timetable can be found below!




Melissa Hemsley 

Session title: Eat green!

Discover delicious flexitarian recipes for plant-friendly eating from Melissa Hemsley's cook book: Eat Green.

Melissa Hemsley is one-half of the Hemsleys, the bestselling authors of The Art of Eating Well and Good + Simple with
a London café HEMSLEY + HEMSLEY at Selfridges in London. Her first solo bestseller, Eat Happy, focused
on fast, delicious 30-minute recipes for busy nights in 2018. Melissa champions fuss-free, big-flavoured food
and shows how anyone can enjoying cooking affordable, healthy recipes.

Mike Keen

Session title:  Tasty brunch dishes

Mike Keen is a chef that never rest on his laurels – this year has seen Mike traveling & cooking for events in Finland, Estonia, Faroes, Iceland & Georgia. Mike is also the owner of the Suffolk Raven Conspiracy – 4 ravens that now form the breeding stock & bloodline for the ravens at The Tower of London. Based at a Bird of Prey centre Mike regularly flies the ravens and gives talks on these beautiful birds.
Amongst consultancy projects Mike also undertakes tv work, hosts private and ticketed food events and teaches at various cookery schools and projects.

Ching He Huang

Session title:  Chinese cooking

Ching is an International Emmy nominated TV chef & cookery author who has become an ambassador of Chinese cooking around the world. Born in Taiwan, raised in South Africa and U.K., cookery was a vital connection between Ching and her Chinese heritage.

Ching’s approach to cookery stems from the traditional cooking and lifestyles of her farming community grandparents in Southern Taiwan, and these are her major food influences.

Her creative food ethos is to use fresh, organic and ethically sourced ingredients to create modern dishes with Chinese heritage, fusing tradition and innovation. Ching strives to bridge cultural understanding through food, making Chinese cooking accessible, healthy and nutritious, appealing to both the East and West.

Tom Hunt

Session title:  Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet

Tom will demonstrate 3 recipes from his new cookbook Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet teaching you how you can support a delicious, biodiverse and regenerative food system for no extra cost, with many zero waste and food sustainability hacks for everyday cooking, that consider how we farm, trade, eat and dispose of food.

Tom is an eco-chef, Guardian columnist and author of the first comprehensive cookbook on food sustainability Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet. He is noted for his zero waste and climate friendly cuisine and his sustainability philosophy, Root to Fruit eating. Hunt prioritises people and the planet within his work and believes in a fair global food system that supports small farmers and our ecology. He communicates these beliefs through his columns, cookbooks, as a consultant and through his restaurant Poco in Bristol, awarded Best Sustainable Business by the Sustainable Restaurant Association in 2017 and 2019.

Chris Bavin

Session title:  Fakeaway - healthy home cooked takeaway meals

Chris Bavin is so full of character he was born to be on TV. After a TV production company first stumbled across him in 2011 he has gone from strength to strength and is currently co-presenting his fourth series of BBC1’s hugely successful series Eat Well For Less, with Gregg Wallace.  In addition to Eat Well for Less, Chris has presented Tomorrow’s Food with Dara O’Brian, The Truth about Meat and he is co-presenter of BBC1’s returning series Food: truth or scare with Gloria Hunniford.

Chris is passionate about educating and raising awareness in children of where food comes from and encouraging them to learn how to increase their consumption of fruit and veg. One of his ambitions is to teach others how eating healthily can be cheap and easy to achieve. Chris is currently working on writing his first book. Chris is also passionate and has a great interest in farming, all areas of fresh produce in particular the history and future of food, reducing food waste, wholesale markets and of course flowers and plants.

Lisa Faulkner 

Session title:  Recipes from a family kitchen

In 2010 Lisa won BBC 1′s Celebrity Master Chef and has since gone on a remarkable food journey. In the spring of 2019 Lisa’s new cookery show launched on ITV, John & Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen became an instant hit on Sunday mornings and along side her husband John Torode – they have gone to make a further 3 series with more to come in 2020.
In 2012 Lisa’s first cookery book was published, Recipes From My Mother For My Daughter and became an instant bestseller, reaching number one in The Times non-fiction list. Lisa’s second cookbook The Way I Cook was published in September 2013. Her third book, Tea and Cake was published in February 2015 also becoming a bestseller. Lisa’s latest cookery book From Mother to Mother was published in Spring 2017.

Michael Caines

Session title:  Seasonal recipes

Michael Caines MBE is one of the UK’s most celebrated and acclaimed chefs. Over the past fifteen years, he has also proved himself to be a successful and imaginative hotelier.The holder of two Michelin stars for 18 consecutive years, Michael has built his reputation on a highly personal and distinctive modern cuisine that celebrates the finest local and seasonal produce and ingredients from Devon and the South West and draws on influences from his travels around the world.

Amongst his many accolades, Michael cooked in 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister, was awarded AA Chef’s Chef of the Year in 2007, and received and MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry. In 2015 he was made freeman of the City of Exeter “in recognition of his outstanding services to the field of cookery which has led to Exeter’s name being known around the world as one which supports cookery''. Michael appears regularly on Saturday Kitchen, and has made numerous appearances on MasterChef, The Great British Menu, Sunday Brunch and other broadcasts.

Juliet Sear

Session title:  Botanical bakes

Juliet is one of the UK’s leading cakeologists; regularly appearing on TV, in magazines, vlogs, blogs, social media campaigns and radio. Over the years she has made edible creations for thousands of people, including many celebrities such as Sir Ian McKellen, Bryan Adams, Prince Harry and Kate Moss.

Comfortable both in front and behind the camera, Juliet has built a reputation for creativity, innovation and making impressive and challenging cakes accessible to the average baker. Her no-nonsense, down to earth approach makes her creations accessible as well as highly entertaining. Fronting her own ITV show in November, Juliet will share her extensive knowledge of both sweet and savoury bakes.

Sara Ward

Session title:  Tasty brunch dishes

Sara writes a monthly column in The Country Living Magazine called The Good Life in the City where she shares her tips and tricks about everything smallholding, sustainability and delicious recipes. Sara and her family have transformed her London home into an Urban Smallholding. Whilst trying to live more sustainability, they encourage others to do the same through a range of courses and schools programmes . Their weekly micro bakery produces hand made organic bread, buns and treats for the local community along with eggs, honey and preserves.

Alex Hollywood

Session title: Summer entertaining, fabulous family foods

Alex Hollywood is a passionate home cook and family food writer with two popular cookery books under her belt as well as a devoted following on social media.

She has a no fuss approach to cookery that makes her recipes incredibly appealing and as a result she has built up a loyal fan base on Instagram (@alexandrahollywood) and twitter (@alex_hollywood1).  Her humour and stoicism are infectious and relatable and were noticed by TV producers who employed her as a regular on ITV’s Lorraine. Her simple but effective recipes are always a hit on social media, so it was no surprise that in 2015 Alex secured her first book deal with ‘My Busy Kitchen’ published by Hodder and Stoughton. This beautiful book is filled with plenty of wonderfully accessible family meal recipes.

Alex published her second book ‘Cooking Tonight’ in 2017, continuing to inspire home-cooks with fuss-free family meals that have become her trade mark; using staple ingredients that comprise a weekly shop.

Rahul Mandal

Session title:  Bakes & Cakes

Rahul is winner of The Great British Bake Off 2018. Throughout the series he received three Hollywood Handshakes, and was awarded Star Baker twice, and even though it was sometimes a rocky road towards the end, he was crowned winner!

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith judged 12 Bakers with 30 Challenges over 10 weeks for the ninth series of The Great British Bake Off 2018.  From those Selfie Portrait Biscuits in Week 1 to a Tiered Korovai in Bread Week - to Melting Chocolate Desserts in the heat of the summer, and then onto the infamous Spiced Biscuit Chandelier - the Finalists kept going through to a Vegan and Danish week and finally rose to the challenge of the Parisian Window Showstopper as they battled it out in the iconic white tent.

Kate Saunders

Session title: Cakes with Secret Ingredients

Inspired by the Persian flavours of cardamom, pistachio and rose, Kate then introduces aubergines which is used greatly in Persian cooking, to create this sweet, slightly spicy cake. Always plenty to sample of this wonderful cake.
Kate will be taking your baking skills to the next level, Top tips on how to incorporate different vegetables into bakes, (she uses 27 different vegetables).

Julius Roberts

Session title: Tell Tale food

Julius Roberts is a first-generation farmer and restaurant trained cook, telling the tale of a life in the British countryside

Having previously trained at noble rot in London, he decided to channel his culinary skills into a journey towards self-sufficiency, transforming his garden in Suffolk into a productive farm. At the heart of Julius’ food lies his passion for sustainability. He is a great advocate of cooking with local ingredients whenever possible. He often works with produce he has grown on his farm, or foraged in the surrounding woods, using his creativity to bring field to plate.

Gracie and Sophie Tyrrell

Session title: Ready Steady Squirrel … cooking challenge

The Squirrel Sisters challenge each other to create a delicious and healthy meal for the other out of ingredients the other one has chosen for them. They haven’t seen the ingredients before so it’s all about being creative and quick thinking.

Gracie and Sophie Tyrrell are 2 sisters on a mission to help you you TREAT YOUR HEALTH…
Health, wellness, food and how it makes them feel has always been a passion of theirs so they started Squirrel Sisters as a blog in 2014. Their blog gained a large following quickly; People connected with their mission and the fact that we are two normal girls with a busy lifestyle that want to enjoy life while feeling great.

Alistair and Jekka McVicar

Session title:  Jekka’s Master Class on Herb-based Cooking

This should include the topics covered, what the audience will learn and any key benefits of attending.
Understand why herbs are more than a garnish. Explore the role of herbs in plant-based and vegan diets. Whether you are interested in these diets from health, well-being or environmental concerns, this master class will show you how herbs are an important part of our diet and far more than a garnish. During the class we will look at simple seasonal herb led vegan and vegetarian dishes that you can make at home.

Jekka’s is a family run herb farm with over 30 years’ experience in growing and using medicinal and culinary herbs. At Jekka’s they believe in cultivating flavour and aim to educate and inspire gardeners and cooks of all ages. Jekka’s offer a variety of herb experiences from Open Days and Private Tours to Master Classes and Corporate Days. These are based around Jekka's Herbetum, a living encyclopedia of over 400 culinary herbs. They also have a range of herbal infusions and illustrated home ware and gifts, designed by Hannah McVicar, available online or from the farm.

CL Kitchen Theatre is sponsored by Stoves