Marcus Wareing and Ken Hom amongst chefs to appear at The Chester Hotel event in Aberdeen

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The Signature Food Festival line up for 2022 has launched, packed with star quality with a clutch of Michelin stars between the celebrated chefs.

Chefs whipping up another fortnight of gourmet fundraising for local charities at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen are:

  • Marcus Wareing – one of the UK’s most established and acclaimed Michelin starred chefs who holds five rosettes
  • Ken Hom – legendary chef credited with teaching Britain to cook Asian food
  • Lisa Goodwin-Allen – one of the UK’s most innovative and exciting chefs
  • Sat Bains – two Michelin stars and five rosettes serving seasonal, modern British cuisine
  • Tom Brown – GQ’s Best Chef 2020 and Great British Menu Winner and Michelin star chef
  • Lorna McNee – Scotland’s first female Michelin starred chef
Lorna McNee

Tickets for the festival events which include the Sunday Lunch finale event which, this year, will feature ‘pub landlord’ Al Murray who will call last orders on the 2022 event, go on general sale on Wednesday 25th May at 10am.

The recipe for the festival, which has been crafted by The Chester Hotel’s owners Gillian and Graham Wood since its inception in 2017, has eleven foodie events running from 23 September to Sunday 27th November. ​

The full line up is:

  • 23 and 24 September ​ ​ Marcus Wareing
  • 27 September ​ ​ Tom Brown
  • 30 September and 1 October ​ Ken Hom
  • 11 and 12 November ​ Lisa Goodwin-Allen
  • 14 and 15 November ​ Sat Bains
  • 19 November ​ ​ Lorna McNee
  • 27th November ​ Sunday Lunch with Al Murray and The London Essentials

Signature Food Festival has raised more than £850k for local charities since its inception in 2017 where just three chefs took part.

Graham Wood - Owner, The Chester Hotel
Graham Wood – Owner, The Chester Hotel

Graham Wood says, “Variety is the spice of life and we’re bringing six new chefs to Signature 2022. The line up balances some of the most established and respected chefs in the UK like Ken Hom and Marcus Wareing with some of the ​ youngest and most innovative chefs such as Lisa Goodwin Allen and Tom Brown. Our aim is to bring the biggest names in the culinary world to Aberdeen to give our guests a memorable gourmet experience whilst at the same time raising as much as we possibly can for local good causes.”

Gillian Wood adds, “Our diners in 2022 gave an astounding £303,000 with their ticket purchases and raffle and auction bids through The JEllie Foundation. Much of this has been donated to The Archie Foundation to support items such as additions to Video Telemetry Equipment for young children and also to support the purchase of a specialist neonatal trolley for the most poorly babies. It also funded the Paediatric Pain Clinical Specialist Nurse for six months. We hope to be able to support further local good causes from the 2022 events.”

More about the chefs and Signature Food Festival 2022 can be found at www.signaturefoodfestival.co.uk and information about The JEllie Foundation can be found at www.jelliefoundation.com.

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