Royal chef to make debut at food festival

Malton Market Place ,the Food Lovers Festival  Chef Antonio Carluccio in the Marketplace ,wowing the crowds at last year's event

Malton Market Place ,the Food Lovers Festival Chef Antonio Carluccio in the Marketplace ,wowing the crowds at last year's event

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The personal chef of Prince Charles is to make his first ever public appearance – at the Malton Food Lovers Festival.

The booking marks a coup for organisers who say this year’s event is set to be the “biggest and best” yet.

Visen Anenden, who cooks for the Prince of Wales at Duchy Home Farm, at Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, will join a number of celebrity and patron chefs at the two day event on May 18 and 19.

Taking to the stoves will be Antonio Carluccio, Tom Parker Bowles, James MacKenzie and Andrew Pern, with presenter Selina Scott once again taking the role of festival president.

Italian chef Antonio, who tops the bill cooking live, has got to know Visen through his friendship with Prince Charles.

Antonio said: “I love Malton and its people and I can’t wait to come back to the county’s culinary capital.

“I am really looking forward to introducing Visen to Malton, which is very dear to my heart.”

Antonio and Visen will cook together to open the show, with the duo then closing he show on the Sunday.

And a few lucky visitors can buy tickets to have a cookery lesson fome ither chef.

Tom Naylor-Leyland, one of the organisers of the festival, which attracts scores of food lovers from Scarborough, said: “We are particularly excited that we can boast an excellent line-up of celebrities including, Antonio Carluccio, Jay Rayner, Tom Parker Bowles and the personal chef to the Prince of Wales Visen Anenden.

“With those celebrities and more than 150 market stands of fantastic producers, this is promising to be the biggest and best Festival we have had yet.”

This year also sees a change of venue for the festival which will be staged at the Milton Rooms for 2013.

A local flavour is high on the menu as festival patron Antonio will be joined by Andrw Pern of The Star at Harome and James Mackenzie, who will be bringing to life the cooking skills that earned him the first and only Michelin star in East Yorkshire at the Pipe and Glass.

Alongside Andrew and James the festival welcomes Rob Porter from the Green Room in Scarborough, Rob Green of Green’s of Whitby, the Betty’s team from Harrogate and Yorkshire farmer’s daughter Steph Moon who will all take to the stage across the weekend.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now at www.maltonfoodfestival.co.uk