These famous faces are heading to this year's Chatsworth Country Fair...

James Martin, The Hairy Bikers, and Mary Berry are the star chefs lined up to share their culinary expertise at this year’s Chatsworth Country Fair, running from August 30 to September 1.

Wednesday, 12th June 2019, 08:42 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th July 2019, 15:22 pm
Mary Berry at Chatsworth Show

Along with an exciting mix of young and established local chefs showcasing their expertise, the culinary heavyweights have become a much-anticipated attraction to the thousands of visitors who flock each year to what is one of England’s most spectacular annual outdoor events.

To start the weekend off, one of the nation’s favourite cookery writers and television presenters, Mary Berry will take centre stage on Friday. The past couple of years have been extremely busy for Mary who, alongside chairing the Chatsworth Country Fair in 2018, has been fronting several series for the BBC. Mary is a crowd favourite at the Country Fair and will be making her 7th appearance next month.

Mary said: “I am really looking forward to appearing at Chatsworth Country Fair – it is the greatest, most special family day out, with something for everyone, in the most glorious setting, you can even bring your dog!”

Swapping his usual Saturday morning spot on television, James Martin will be hosting a cooking demonstration and book signing on the Saturday, offering fans an opportunity to meet him face-to-face. Alongside his 18 cookbooks, James has had a successful television career that has cemented his position as one of the nation’s best-known chefs.

Closing out proceedings on Sunday, the much-loved Hairy Bikers will be bringing their usual cheek and charm to their Chatsworth Country Fair debut. Si King and Dave Myers have become national treasures after cooking together for more than 20 years.

The Hairy Bikers said: “We are thrilled to be returning to Chatsworth for the Country Fair after having such a brilliant time in the area back in 2008 while we filmed our Hairy Bakers series. We were lucky enough to ride incredibly rare Brough Superior motorcycles and bake scones in the birthplace of afternoon tea! Everyone was so welcoming and we can’t wait to go back and be guest chefs at this event.”

The packed line up also includes a selection of extraordinary local chefs including Chris Mapp, owner of the award-winning The Tickled Trout in Derbyshire; ‘Wholefood Warrior’ Eva Humphries; the self-taught bistro-style chef Luke Payne, who is head chef and owner at The Pack Horse in Hayfield; and Barnsley lad James Payne who is now head chef at Derbyshire’s Baslow Hall.

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