Top Chef Friday has always been a major attraction at the Festival and over the years we have welcomed some of the most illustrious names from the culinary world. Chefs at the top of their game including Tom Kerridge, Atkar Islam and Chef of the Year 2013, Hayden Groves have all cooked for us at Ludlow. We’ve also seen rising stars, regional favourites and multi-Michelin starred masters.
As a not-for-profit event, we don’t pay the chefs to appear and have over the years been enormously grateful to each of them for giving up their time and sharing their passion and enthusiasm.
In 2016 Top Chef Friday will be organised by celebrity chef and Brompton Cookery School owner Marcus Bean. Having won the UK’s Iron Chef and been a regular on ITV’s This Morning, Marcus has just hosted the BBC Good Food Show Super Theatre working alongside the likes of James Martin and Mary Berry. He’s also been travelling the country this summer at a host of Festivals sharing his passion for seasonal food.
Brompton Cookery School in Shrewsbury is idyllic, being located on the National Trust’s Attingham Estate, from which they get much of their produce. The school itself is based in a beautiful barn conversion within a collection of original farm buildings. A spacious, purpose built farmhouse style kitchen allows for the tuition of 16 people and there are a wide range of courses running throughout the year; from curing to canapés and bread making, as well as one-to-one tuition with Marcus himself.
11am - Liz Knight (Forage Fine Foods)
12.30pm - Ping Combes
1.30pm - Emily Scott
2.30pm - Romy Gill
3.30pm - Sophie Michell
For 2016 we have the very popular Pork Pie Making, Sushi classes, Butchery and Thai Green Curry. Book early places are limited.
Taste Workshops are led by expert producers or chefs who will guide you through a tutored tasting of selected food and drink. Booking is essential!
Danielle's Coffee will ensure you experience great coffee and learn all about those different flavours.
The Sausage Trail; Ale Trail and Bread Trail take place on the Saturday + the Window Dressing Competition all weekend.
Our phone app TiCL will help you navigate the town, the trails and the festival. You'll be able to use the handy compass anywhere in town to find highlights of the festival. It's FREE to download and will act as a handy guide to the event too...
Getting hands on and dirty is the best way to learn, especially when you get to eat what you've made - this is what we're planning on doing with our NEW kids sessions each day. Education and fun, don't miss them!
Volunteers are key to the success of the event in both the directors of the festival and the band of merry men and women who give up their time to enable the events to happen.
The festival simply could not happen without its band of merry men & women; so come and be part of this fantastic team!
There's more to Ludlow than posh nosh. Named 'England's Finest Market Town' by Country Life Magazine some years ago...
The purpose of the bursary is to provide practical help to one or more young people aged 16 to 25, to help them build a career in the local food and drink industry.
We want you to be able to enjoy the great food and drink the region has to offer all year around and so we try to make this possible with our other events!