TV CHEF DEAN EDWARDS
We are delighted to welcome TV Chef Dean Edwards to the Yeovil Show this year! Since 2010 Dean Edwards’ family friendly cooking style has made him a firm favourite on ITV’s‘Lorraine’. Making his debut on ITV’s‘This Morning’ in 2009, he can now be found opposite Lorraine Kelly once a week where his friendly persona has made him a huge favourite to millions of viewers weekly.
After bursting onto the chef circuit - coming second in BBC’s Masterchef Goes Large in 2006 - he sought to change his life radically. Dean left his career as a “digger driver” to pursue his love of cooking and food. A stint at the two Michelin-starred Midsummer House in Cambridge followed, after which Dean returned to Bristol, ready to pursue his future foodie career.
Bristol-born Dean’s ethos on food is that it should be achievable, simple and above all taste fantastic. “Food doesn’t have to be complicated,” he says. The dad-of-one takes inspiration from across the globe but always uses ingredients familiar to us all. His passion for food is infectious and he’s spent the past eleven years inspiring home cooks up and down the country to get back into the kitchen and enjoy the cooking experience.
He’s has also been a brand ambassador for British Eggs, Philadelphia, British Asparagus, Bacofoil and the Groovy Food Company, to name but a few. He’s also been featured on shows including Good Morning Britain, Take on the Takeaway, Market Kitchen, Saturday Cookbook and The Big Eat.
A well-known face on the foodie festival scene, Dean is the author of two cookbooks Mincespiration and most recently released Feel-Good Family Food (published by Transworld) both of which have been greatly received by the public. Dean is also been a regular contributor to The Sun’s Fabulous magazine. He’s recently featured in the pages of many outlets including Daily Mail Online, Now magazine, BBC Easycook, Delicious magazine and the Sunday Post. Dean has also recently started his own parenting and foodie blog.
Dean will be giving two live cookery demonstration at the Show on Sunday in our Cookery Theatre - don't miss him!
BAKE OFF CONTESTANT VAL STONES
Originally from Yorkshire, the retired Head teacher served her baking apprenticeship with the women in her childhood: mother, grandmas and aunts. Val worked as a teacher for forty years and relaxed by baking and going to the gym.
Over the years she has included baking in the curriculum of all her schools and still goes into schools regularly to share her baking skills with children. She loves to bake for family, friends and colleagues in the schools she teaches in.
Based in Somerset for over thirty years she travels north to visit family and never goes without bakes, jams and chutneys regularly filling the boot.
In 2016 she went on The Great British Bakeoff, where she earned the title of Cake Whisperer and charmed the nation with her tips: "listen to your cakes”, “move a little loose a lot " and "step and bake". She appeared in the 2017 Christmas special for Bakeoff alongside fellow series seven bakers Selasi Gbormittah, Benjamina Ebuehi and Rav Bansal.
Her final Bakeoff words touched the hearts of millions and in the Radio Times the speech was voted the favourite BBC Bakeoff moment of all time.
She will be joining us at the Yeovil Show on Saturday do give two live cookery demonstrations in our Cookery theatre and to judge the Val Stones Victoria Sponge Cake competition!