Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Tucks in to Food Fest ; Must See

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Tucks in to Food Fest ; Must See

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Festival Manchester Food And Drink Festival Various venues, city centre, TODAY to October 8 IF there's one thing we can all agree on it's that food tastes better when it's shared with friends. And once a year, Manchester provides the perfect opportunity to come together as an entire city to appreciate the joy of good grub.

Now in its 15th year, the Manchester Food And Drink Festival brings pop-up dining, fine ales and wine and a line up of celebrity chefs to the city from today, busily reciting their mantra of Truly Good Food.

Among them, one half of the Masterchef judging panel John Torode, who says he's pretty excited about his session in the Live Cookery Theatre on September 29.

"Every great city should have a food festival - great food, great drink should be celebrated - and Manchester's doing just that," he enthuses. "I don't know whether my live cookery class will make people better cooks, but it helps to give people confidence and inspires them." More used to judging than being judged, John - like several other chefs from September 28-30, including Zouk's KimLal and Frank Bordoni, executive chef from the National Football Museum's fine dining restaurant Kaleido (free-Pounds 5) - will be serving up a dish for the audience to try and answering questions about cooking. Celebrity chef Fergus Henderson is also in town on September 28.

It's important to get the kids involved and so the Metrolink Mini Chefs are being given an opportunity to spend the day working with the chefs at Croma in exchange for sending a photo of them and their best dish to a judging panel in seven days time (entries to minicooks @foodanddrinkfestival.com).

But what are John's plans for the Theatre - and his tips on how to cook the perfect dish? "I'll be cooking up a classic Surf & Turf, along with a proper spicy Bloody Mary," he reveals.

"When you're choosing ingredients, you should always buy the things you like first, buy the freshest ingredients that you can and enjoy cooking them. …

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