The Chefs


We are thrilled to announce that the Festival will be supported by some of the finest chefs in the country, who will be providing amazing food demonstrations, answering questions and entertaining across each of the 3 days.

Check out the chef profiles below to see who’s coming!


Brian Turner

Brian Turner is said to be one of Britain’s most well-known chefs having trained at Simpson’s in the Strand, The Savoy, The Beau Rivage in Lausanne and Claridge’s.

In 1971 he opened the kitchens of The Capital Hotel with Richard Shepherd where they won a then rare Michelin star. In 1986 he opened his own restaurant Turner’s in Walton Street, Chelsea.

After fifteen years of success he opened restaurants in Birmingham and Slough and in 2003 at The Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London.

Then opening Turner’s in Butlins, Bognor Regis between 2010 - 2017. Brian now consults for Vivat Bacchus restaurant in London.


Alex Aitken

As Chef Patron for Harbour Hotels and The Jetty in Mudeford, Alex is committed to creating menus that use locally sourced ingredients and especially the local Seafood: “I started my career as a trawler man and this ‘raw’ fishing experience proved invaluable and a culinary asset during my career as a chef.

Alex spent twenty five years cooking within the New Forest, including many years running his own highly-acclaimed restaurant, Le Poussin in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, which led to a Michelin Star in 1995 which Alex kept for 15 years.

The Jetty is a more approachable style of food where simple touches to the ingredient bring simple natural flavours, resulting in winning the Seafresh and Caterer Seafood Restaurant of The Year amongst other great reviews and accolades.

Colin Nash

Colin’s career began at the young age of 13 helping his mum in local restaurants in Christchurch.

After school he wasted no time in enrolling in Bournemouth and Poole catering college, one of the best colleges in England. This led him to Langans Brasserie in the heart of London, his first taste of pressure in a busy kitchen.

As years went by Colin developed a passion and understanding of what he wanted to achieve by working in various hotels and restaurants along the way.

In 2007 Colin left Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington to join The Tuns making immediate impact by receiving Rosettes for the pub in his second year.


Rustie Lee

Rustie has been on the Nation's TV screens regularly since the 80's and is still going strong.

Amply positioned as ''the first lady of Caribbean cuisine'' she is in demand at food festivals all over the country, bringing her culinary expertise and fantastic recipes and of course her trade mark laugh and happiness to all food lovers.

Her recipes are easy to follow and traditionally based on family favourites passed down through generations. Food, music and people are the greatest passions in Rustie's life.

She is a patron of a number of local and national charities for a variety of causes which is something very dear to her heart.

Fred Dinenage

Fred Dinenage has appeared as presenter of many British television programmes, such as Tell The Truth, How & How 2, as well as the BBC quiz show Pass The Buck and Gambit.

He has been the anchor man for many years presenting ITV local news with co- hosts that include Debbie Thrower, Fern Britton Natasha Kaplinsky, Charlotte Hawkins and many more.

Alongside his television career, Fred has written several factual books, including ghosting on autobiographies including "My Story" and "Our Story" for the Kray twins.

He is a keen football follower and was on the board of directors at Portsmouth between 1998 and 2007.

He is the official biographer for the Kray Twins and conducts conferences internationally. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours, for services to broadcasting.

He will be joining Colin Nash on stage at 2pm on Sunday 26th May.


Pete Roberts

Head chef at Thomas Tripp, award winning public house & restaurant featuring traditional roasts, plus fresh seafood in the “Seafood Shack”.

Pete studied catering at the fabulous Bournemouth & Poole College and since qualification has worked locally and internationally including; Restaurant Gastro, Japan, The Cairndale Hotel in Scotland & The Inn on the Park, Park Lane, London

Pete is currently the Head Chef and leads the team at Thomas Tripp, plus is a Director of a niche Food & Drink outside events company - XC Popup Ltd.