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Come and get it! -all this food fun; TV CHEF TO HELP KEEP THINGS COOKING IN THE PRECINCT AT ANNUAL FESTIVAL.

Byline: SAMANTHA NANDA

THE people of Coventry are in for a tasty treat tomorrow, as the city hosts its annual food festival.

This year, celebrity chef Lesley Waters, of Ready Steady Cook and Can't Cook Won't Cook fame, will be making an appearance.

Lesley will be blending on-stage cookery demonstrations with audience participation and can't wait to whisk up some tasty dishes.

She said: "I expect people to have a flipping good time!

"I'm going to be judging the Coventry Chef of the Year competition, cooking with a competition winner and doing some demonstrations of simple seasonal food.

"There's something for everyone on the day. It's not just for people that are interested in food - it's for the whole family.

"The competitions should be great and I imagine the standard will be excellent.

"But the best compliment anyone can give me is to come up and say, 'that looked really easy so I'm going to make that for my tea.'

"Getting people who don't usually cook to have a go, is great."

Appearing on stage with Lesley will be Evening Telegraph competition winner Ann McDonald, who will get the chance to cook with the top chef.

Six Coventry chefs will also be sharpening their knives as they prepare to battle it out in the Coventry Chef of the Year 2003 competition.

The competition, to be judged by Lesley and last year's winner, Philip Kieran, will require contestants to cook a recipe using local lamb as the main ingredient. The cost of the whole dish must not exceed pounds 5.

The finalists will be cooking their recipes live in a specially erected outdoor kitchen.

There will also be comedy from Steve Jackson in The Half Naked Chef, a spoof of cookery programmes.

And trainee chefs from colleges in Coventry, Stratford and North Warwickshire will be competing to find a local signature dish and claim the title college Team Chef of the Year.

Regional delicacies include Warwickshire lamb, Berkswell cheese, Cotswold eggs, Fosseway honey and Warwickshire truckle (a type of cheese).

The festival also features a Mexican cookery demonstration and tips on herb combinations.

The food festival is free and takes place in The Precinct from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday, in association with Coventry Retail Market and Mission Foods.

samantha.nanda@mrn.co.uk

Events Programme

10.30am - Introduction

10.35am - Demonstration: National Herb Centre

11.25am - Final: College Chef Team of the Year

Noon - Comedy: The Half Naked Chef

JUDGING AND SAMPLING

12.35pm - Award Presentation: College Chef Team of the Year

12.45pm - Demonstration: Lesley Waters - Can't Cook Won't Cook style

1.30pm - Heat 1: Coventry Chef of the Year

2.05pm - Demonstration: Mexican sponsored by Mission Foods

2.40pm - Heat 2: Coventry Chef of the Year

3.15pm - Comedy - Half Naked Chef

JUDGING AND SAMPLING

3.50pm - Demonstration: Lesley Waters

4.25 - Award Presentation: Coventry Chef of the Year

CAPTION(S):

TOP TEAM: Celebrity chef Tony Tobins (above, second right) and chef-cum-Evening- Telegraph columnist Jamie Williams (right) watch as students prepare dishes at last year's festival and (inset) this year's clebrity chef, Lesley Waters, of Ready, Steady, Cook fame
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Date:Jul 11, 2003
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