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.

Russell Brown

Russell Brown has been involved in the food industry across the West Country for over 20 years.

He currently runs Creative about Cuisine - a business that focuses on food writing, food photography and consultancy.

Russell has a background as a chef and has worked in hotels, restaurants, pubs and cafés across the region.

His time behind the stove culminated with the award of a Michelin star at his Dorset restaurant, Sienna, in 2010. The star was retained until the restaurant was sold in 2015.

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.

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.

Andrew Gault

Andrew grew up in the North East of Scotland, and started cheffing in 1990.

At 21 he went to work at Gleneagles hotel where he stayed for 3 1/2 years.

From there he went on to work for a further 5 five star hotels including St. Andrews Bay and Turnberry in Scotland, The Royale hotel in Evian, France, The K club in Ireland and Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

He has been down on the south coast of England for the past 12 years working at Captains Club Hotel in Christchurch since its opening in late 2006.

Simon Hallam

Like many of the great culinary masters of the past and present, Simon Hallam was inspired by his grandmother and from a young age he aspired to becoming an accomplished, respected Chef.

After completing his training in Northampton, Simon moved south to progress his career and become an award winning Chef.

Classing himself as an ‘all-rounder’ Simon’s style is traditional with a modern twist. Having owned and run his own AA Rosette awarded restaurant for 12 years, he is now the Head Chef at the Sandbanks Hotel, FJB Group which is located on the stunning Sandbanks peninsula.

His developed award-winning style of cooking and presentation ensures that every dish leaving his kitchen offers perfect, mouth-watering food, presented with unique style.

He will be joined by Ian Hewitt on stage at 12pm on Sunday 26th May.

Ian Hewitt

Ian Hewitt is a highly qualified chef, with more than 15 years experience.

He arrived into the world of cheffing, taking an unusual route of studying for a degree in chemistry first, deciding that food was more important!

As well as sharing his food and nutritional knowledge with audiences, Ian has many tips and tricks up his sleeve to make the every day cooking experience easier and quicker.

Hewitt’s Home Dining provide home dinner parties, buffets, hog roasts, barbecues, wedding and christening celebrations, and all your catering requirements.

He will be joining Simon Hallam on stage at 12pm on Sunday 26th May.

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.