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What you got cooking? - Abergavenny Food Festival 2012

What you got cooking? - Abergavenny Food Festival 2012

Abergavenny Food Festival

The 2012 Abergavenny Food Festival, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin - one of the UK’s largest independent private client investment managers - takes place over the weekend of 15 and 16 September.


The full programme is under wraps until 1 July when box office goes live, but we now know the names of four fabulous stars of the food world who’ll be heading for the Welsh Borders: Claudia Roden, Pierre Koffmann, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. They’ll be celebrating their own distinctive gastronomic adventures with an evocative mix of Spanish, French, Jewish and Arabic cuisine – revealing along the way a sound respect and understanding of diverse culinary traditions.

Acclaimed food anthropologist Claudia Roden will be demonstrating dishes from her latest book 'The Food of Spain'. This tour de force took her five years to complete; the Catalan Institute of Gastronomy sent her its entire archive of 900 recipes - and that was only one region - so you can see why. Her special appeal is summed up by Nigella Lawson: “Roden's great gift is to conjure up not just a cuisine but the culture from which it springs”.

Pierre Koffmann, one of Britain’s most influential chefs is to appear in conversation with Matthew Fort, one of our most influential food writers. He’ll be discussing chefs, Michelin stars and why, despite conquering the heights of haute cuisine, the rustic country-cooking of his childhood is still closest to his heart. He’s dominated the London restaurant scene for more than a quarter of a century accruing three Michelin stars and a legion of famous protégés. His latest venture is the informal French brasserie-style ‘Koffmanns’ at The Berkeley Hotel. Fans will be delighted to hear that his classic 1990 cookbook ‘Memories of Gascony’ has just been re-released.

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi are the creative duo behind the fabulous Ottolenghi restaurants, having taken the food-to-go world to new levels of refinement. Theirs is a dynamic marriage of Jewish and Arabic culinary traditions and Jerusalem is their shared home city.


They've three shops/eateries in London, as well as their flagship restaurant 'Ottolenghi' in Islington - voted 'Best in Town' by The Observer. Recipes from their hotly anticipated forthcoming ‘Jerusalem Cookbook’ will be showcased in a special demonstration, followed by a Q&A session.

The Abergavenny Food Festival is part-funded by the Welsh Government. It is renowned for bringing together top practitioners through an inspiring and sometimes provocative programme of masterclasses, tutored tastings, talks and debates. All guests will be appearing at book-signing sessions over the weekend. Anyone interested in finding out more should sign up for bulletins at 


For more details please contact Cathy Green, Press Officer on 01873 851643 or 07896 125700 - or e.mail

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