Top chefs are coming to Banbury for the Banbury Food Fair

Robert Shepley - EditorBanbury Events

Pictured: Jean-Christophe Novelli




Top chefs are coming to Banbury for the Banbury Food Fair

The Banbury Food Fair returns later this month to celebrate the very best food and drink produced in Banbury and from further afield. This annual event provides the perfect opportunity to taste, learn about and purchase some of the best food and drink as well as watching cooking demonstrations from some of the top chefs.

Demonstration Timetable – 21st August   10.30am – 4.30pm

11am     Anita Chipalkatty

Noon     Andrew Scott and Nick Bennett (Masterchef Professionals Finalist)

1pm       Jean-Christophe Novelli

2pm       Anita Chipalkatty

3pm       Jean-Christophe Novelli




At this year’s event, Banbury welcomes “the nations favourite French chef” Jean-Christophe Novelli who will be giving cooking demonstrations in the town hall.

Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning chef.

He began his exciting career at the tender age of fourteen as a baker in his home town of Arras, Northern France, before becoming the private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild at the age of 19.

Jean-Christophe’s life changed completely when he arrived in Great Britain in 1983. He spent a year taking care of Keith Floyd’s pub, ‘The Maltsters’, as Head Chef, whilst Keith was filming his famous TV shows. In 1996 Jean-Christophe then opened four restaurants in London and so began the foundations for his internationally based mini empire. What is so surprising is that he only had £500 in his pocket to start this solo venture.

Andrew Scott the Executive Chef at Oxfordshire’s Restaurant 56 will be giving demonstrations alongside his Sous Chef Nick Bennett who was a Masterchef Professionals Finalist in 2015.

Andrew has spent his entire career in Michelin-starred kitchens, training initially at Mallory Court, Lords of the Manor and L’Enclume then moving on to the Curlew restaurant in East Sussex. Scott, who hails from Banbury, marks a return back to his home county of Oxfordshire at Restaurant 56. “My cooking style is modern British with a twist of nostalgic memories, Restaurant 56 allows me to create and cook with no limitations”

Andrew Scott - Banbury Food Fair

Andrew Scott – Banbury Food Fair

Originally from Leamington Spa, Nick Bennett is the Sous Chef at Restaurant 56. He became known to millions when he reached the finals of BBC2’s MasterChef: The Professional in 2015. Training at Mallory Court with Andrew before moving on to the Curlew to take up the sous chef role with him, where they retained the Michelin star in 2014.

Nick Bennett - Banbury Food Fair

Nick Bennett – Banbury Food Fair

With such a dynamic team, Restaurant 56, located at Sudbury House Hotel in Faringdon was voted ‘Gastronomic Restaurant’ of the Year’ by the 2015 Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards, receiving 3 AA Rosettes in 2015 for their outstanding food. Andrew and his colleagues are continually pushing the boundaries of culinary excellence so come along and learn some tips on how to create your own fine dining experience.

Also demonstrating on the day will be Chef Anita Chipalkatty, a chef and culinary instructor with a mission to cook Indian food that satisfies your interest and curiosity whilst keeping it simple.

Anita Chipalkatty - Banbury Food Fair

Anita Chipalkatty – Banbury Food Fair