Italian flavour for Reading food festivalBy Hilary Scott
April 25, 2012
If you hope to be first in the queue at Eat Reading Live this year beware – you might find a greedy Italian in front of you.
That’s because gregarious Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo, currently on TV in Two Greedy Italians, is headlining the food festival.
Gennaro is the man behind the Jamie’s Italian chain of restaurants and Jamie Oliver’s business partner and he opened the festival last year.
This year he will be appearing live on stage at lunchtime on Friday, June 1, cooking up some amazing Italian food as well as spending some time at the festival.
Other celeb chefs who will be giving demos at the live theatre kitchens in Broad Street (outside M&S) and Market Place will be Michelin-starred Adam Simmonds of Danesfield House in Marlow.
Adam, who’s been cooking for Ricky Gervais who spent a weekend there a few weeks ago, has been delighting customers at Danesfield House in his restaurant for a couple of years with what he calls modern Mediterranean cuisine.
Said Adam: “I’m delighted to be part of Eat Reading Live this year.
“Our corner of the UK is home to some of the country’s leading chefs and is fast becoming a hotspot for really top class cuisine, which is very exciting.”
Other chefs doing demos include Ronnie Kimbugwe, head chef at the Bel & The Dragon and former senior sous chef of Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, Justin Le Stephany from Mya La Carte who will be helped by Apprentice winner Yasmina Siadatan and Pride of Reading winner Ryan Simpson of Orwells in Shiplake.
Cocktail lovers can learn how to shake them up at home courtesy of Deja Vu bar and grill and the Mix bar who will take to the stage on both Friday and Saturday.
In Eat Street (Broad Street) you’ll be able to taste samples of restaurants’ cuisine with the likes of Tampopo, Malmaison, Jamie’s Italian, Royal Tandoori and Tutu’s Ethiopian Table producing plates of sample foods at knockdown prices.
Entry to the festival is free and it runs on Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2.
It is also the start of June Food Month in town.
For more info visit www.livingreading.co.uk/eatreading
Get involved in Eat Reading Live
Are you a producer of mouthwatering foods or do you sell foodie related merchandise such as kitchenware and recipe books?
If so, the organiser of Eat Reading Live would love you to sign up for The Farm Shop.
Organiser Joanne Keen said: “We would like to invite you to take part in this fantastic event and benefit from exposure at one of the most high profile events of the summer, and the huge range of marketing that will accompany the event.
“Your pitch will be located in a tented avenue, creating the ambience of a country fair.
“On securing your pitch, your business will be promoted on the Eat Reading pages of the Living Reading website, through our media partners the Reading Post and getreading and to our friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. To sign up, simply contact email@example.com or call (0118) 900 1624.”