Our Chefs

Great names and great food! Over two days our Demonstration Kitchen – sponsored by Chadds Foodsmiths – will be hosting a variety of talented Chefs who will be hoping to inspire you and tantalise your taste buds.


Emma Gunn – Forager

Emma will be doing a demonstration at the Festival, take a look at what’s in store:


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I trained as a chef in South Africa. Moved to England to get an opportunity to work for and learn more about food. I’m happy to say I’m still learning and look forward to an exciting future in Cornwall.


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Dan has had 16 years experience as a chef in Truro, working progressively in some of the best high-end restaurants and hotels in the area.



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Local lad Dave Sargent has lived in the town for most of his life. He trained at Cornwall College of catering, and has worked in various restaurants throughout Devon and Cornwall, specialising in seafood and patisserie.


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Brian and David Sibley run the superb and well renowned Life’s a Beach in Bude and have over 55 years of catering experience between them! Specialising in delicious seafood cooked with a modern twist and a ton of passion! These guys have been delighting Taste buds for years and they’re looking forward to showing off their skills!


Emily Gate-SquareEmily Scott

To put it simply, Emily is passionate about food.

She creates dishes that follow the seasons, gathering the finest ingredients and combining them simply and instinctively. It is in her kitchen where she feels most at home.


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Emma Gunn is an expert forager living in Cornwall. She has been ‘in’ to plants from a really young age. Born in Canada, one of her earliest memories is trying maple syrup amongst a maple forest.


Fran Chef Pic (head)Francisco Parody-Candea

Dedicated Dad, classical Chef turned Baker Francisco Parody-Candea trained in the traditional French style and has been mixing it up with Spanish flavours and local ingredients ever since.




James Nathan B & W 1 copyJames Nathan


James left his career as a barrister in 2008, and went on to win BBC’s amateur MasterChef. Since then he has developed as a chef by immersing himself in some amazing restaurants.

He opened his first restaurant in February 2014: The Green Room.

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Martin Dorey first came to the public’s attention in 2010 when he presented the ten part TV Show ‘One Man and his Camper Van’ on BBC2. His love of cooking and camping comes from half a lifetime’s worth of experience cooking and sleeping in vans, cars and under canvas whilst on surf trips which gave him the idea for his first book The Camper Van Cookbook.

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Sanjay Kumar’s impressive career has taken him from personal chef to the Saudi Arabian King to working for Raymond Blanc. However it was Cornwall that captivated his culinary soul and inspired his famous ‘Lobster Macaroni’.


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Born in Canterbury, Stephen Marsh grew up in the garden of England, deep in the Kent countryside. Surrounded by hop gardens and apple orchards, strawberry fields and fresh vegetables, seasonal produce quickly became a part of everyday life.


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