Aberdeen JEllie Signature Food Festival Announced

The JEllie Foundation unveils stellar line-up for the 2024 Signature Food Festival

The JEllie Foundation has announced the first of two installments of the 2024 Signature Food Festival.

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Returning to The Chester Hotel in April 2024, the Signature Food Festival promises an extraordinary showcase of culinary excellence with a star-studded line-up featuring world renowned Michelin-starred chefs.

Great British Menu ‘Champion of Champions, Adam Handling MBE will open the 2024 festival this April. Chef proprietor of the Michelin starred ‘Frog by Adam Handling’.

Adding to the excitement, we are thrilled to announce the debut of Tom Kerridge at the Signature Food Festival. One of Britain’s best-loved chefs, Kerridge, a holder of three Michelin Stars and the culinary force behind acclaimed establishments such as ‘Hand & Flowers’ in Marlow, is set to captivate our guests with his exceptional talent and warm hospitality.

Joining the prestigious line-up is Chef Michael O’Hare, the creative genius from ‘The Man Behind the Curtain’ restaurant. With his innovative approach to gastronomy, Michael promises to bring a unique and unforgettable dining experience to festival-goers.

Tickets for the fine-dining events go on general release on Monday, March 4, exclusively on the Signature Food Festival website www.signaturefoodfestival.co.uk.

Since 2017, The Signature Food Festival has raised over £1.4 million for charity and will host events in both spring and autumn this year. The fine-dining food festival is organised by the JEllie Foundation, a charitable organisation that donates funds to local children’s charities.

The Signature Food Festival, the only one of its kind in Scotland, is the creation of Gillian and Graham Wood, owners of The Chester Hotel. The festival’s purpose is to raise funds for The JEllie Foundation, founded by the couple to support local children’s charities.

Graham Wood expresses gratitude, stating, “The generosity of Signature diners has raised over £1.4 million for local good causes, motivating us to continue attracting the highest calibre of British chefs to Signature. Our goal is to offer diners in Aberdeen the chance to savour the cuisine of these highly respected chefs right here in Aberdeen. We are thrilled to have a line-up of all-new chefs for 2024. Adam Handling, Tom Kerridge and Michael O’Hare have long been on our wish-list for the Signature Food Festival.”

Charities benefiting from The JEllie Foundation donations include: Royal Aberdeen Childrens Hospital, The Archie Foundation, SensationALL, Aberdeen Lads Club, Cash for Kids, Aberlour Childrens Charity, Charlie House, Children 1st, Ballater-based A Bear Named Buttony, Homestart Aberdeen, The Leanne Fund, and The Baird Hospital Parents’ Hotel. These organizations receive support for initiatives that range from assisting children and young people with a life-affecting medical conditions to helping with crisis funds, supermarket vouchers, energy costs, and accommodation for parents of premature babies.

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