Two celebrity chefs born and bred in the North East have been confirmed as the latest additions to a star-studded lineup for the Seaham Food Festival.
The popular seaside event returns on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August, with beachgoers able to enjoy two days of fun, entertainment and delicious food along the County Durham coast.
This year the organizers of the Durham County Council run festival are delighted to announce the two latest celebrity chefs who will delight audiences with their culinary skills, both born and bred just miles along the coast of where the festival will take place.
Appearing at the festival’s outdoor kitchen theater on Sunday will be Stacie Stewart from Sunderland, from How To Lose Weight Well.
Stacie first rose to prominence after reaching the final four on BBC’s MasterChef in 2010. Her success on the show led to more TV opportunities, and she became a regular chef on This Morning before moving on. to present alongside Carol Vorderman, Loyd Grossman and Tom Parker Bowles on Food. Glorious food.
She has also written two cookbooks, Stacie Bakes and How To Lose Weight Well – The Complete Diet Plans, the second being related to her television series.
Another Sunderland-born star, Ryan Riley, founder of Life Kitchen Cookery School and Life Kitchen Cookery School, also took to the cooking scene on Saturday.
Ryan launched Life Kitchen in 2019, providing free cooking classes, demonstrations and events for people with cancer in the UK and Europe.
Her first cookbook, Life Kitchen, was published in March 2020 and was closely followed by Taste and Flavor, which aimed to help people who lost their taste from the coronavirus.
Ryan’s work helping others through food has earned him a place in The Evening Standard’s Progress 1,000, a list of the most influential people in London.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to complete this year’s line-up for the Seaham Food Festival with two incredible chefs from the North East. Ryan and Stacie will join a host of star-studded talent already announced for our cooking stage, each bringing with them their own unique set of skills to amaze and inspire festival-goers.
“With just over seven weeks to go, we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Seaham Coast for plenty of foodie delights.”
The Seaham Food Festival is just one of many cultural events and activities taking place in County Durham this year, demonstrating the council’s ongoing commitment to cultural regeneration. This includes delivering key projects as part of County Durham’s shortlisted UK City of Culture bid and raising the county’s profile as a fantastic place to live, work, visit and invest. . It also includes major capital projects underway, such as the redevelopment of the former DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery into a stunning new creative center showcasing national and international contemporary art alongside collections that celebrate the county’s heritage.
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