Celebrity chef James Martin to headline Taste of Grampian

James Martin at The Taste of Grampian last year
James Martin at The Taste of Grampian last year

Celebrity chef James Martin is to return once again to headline this year’s Taste of Grampian food and drink festival, it was announced today.

The popular TV chef and former host of the BBC’s popular Saturday Kitchen will be back to show off his culinary skills at the event.

Now in its 19th year, the festival of food and drink takes place at the Thainstone Centre in Inverurie on Saturday, June 2.

James said he would be using local ingredients during his cookery demonstrations.

He said: “Taste of Grampian is a fantastic day out. The produce in this area is second to none and the event gives people the chance to find suppliers that are literally on their doorstep.

“I’m looking forward to the cookery demonstrations where I am planning dishes that can easily be made at home using fresh, local Grampian ingredients that I think the audience will love.”

There will be a range of cookery demonstrations and food and drink for visitors to enjoy at more than 180 stalls.

Specially Selected Pork (QMS) will also return as Taste of Grampian’s main sponsor, and TV personality and columnist Susy Atkins will head up the wine tasting sessions.

Event chairman John Gregor said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be welcoming James Martin back to Thainstone Centre this year.

“He was a major draw and crowd-pleaser to the event last year and went out of his way to meet stand holders and visitors to the show.

“The breadth of local food and drink on offer at the festival this year will highlight our continued commitment to showcasing new and established producers.

“It’s always a great day out for all the family.”

The launch of the 2018 event saw Scotland’s National Chef, Gary Maclean and 2016 winner of BBC MasterChef The Professionals also launch the new Taste of Hospitality Open Day, which will include a special competition aimed at 15- to 24-year-olds.

The Open Day will take place on March 6, at Aberdeen Altens Hotel.

Four finalists, chosen from the competitors on the day, will be able to try their hand at programming and marketing a brand new Year of Young People 2018 Stage at Taste of Grampian this summer.

One lucky finalist will also be chosen for an apprenticeship.