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FOOD

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Food has always been a massive part of The Good Life Experience. We often see our campfire cooking sessions, and in particular our huge fire pit, as the very heart of the festival. This year, we're delighted to welcome Thomasina Miers, Anna Jones, Sandor Katz, Olia Hercules, The Ethicurean, Honey & Co, Damien Clisby, Tom Hunt and many, many more to celebrate one of the very best things in life - great food!

THOMASINA MIERS  /  HONEY & CO  /  OLIA HERCULES  /  SANDOR KATZ  /  MIKKEL KARSTAD  /  ANNA JONES  /  THE ETHICUREAN  /  TOM HUNT  /  VALENTINE WARNER  /  ROGER PHILLIPS  /  AND MANY MORE

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Cerys Matthews to Launch New Book 'Where The Wild Cooks Go' at TGLE

Song-loving cook or food-loving musician? Either way, TGLE co-founder Cerys Matthews has been experimenting with music and food ever since she can remember. From foraging and chewing on knotweed to cooking flapjacks and nettle soup as a young child, her interest in this planet's edibles has never waned. A life of touring guaranteed further culinary exploration: thousand-hole pancakes, amlou, roasted artichokes, vermouth with anchovy-filled green olives, death by chocolate, za'atar sprinkled on fresh tomatoes, hot baked soda bread, pineapple with chilli, crispy sage leaves and vegan haggis are just a few of the recipes Cerys shares in this book.

Cerys will officially launch her brand new book at TGLE. We can't think of anywhere better!

 

 

campfire cooking

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SANDOR KATZ

Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation and the Art of Fermentation have helped to catalyse a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, the New York Times calls him “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene.”

 
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Olia hercules

Olia Hercules is a Leith’s-trained chef, recipe writer and food stylist. Having honed her cooking skills in the fiery kitchens of Ottolenghi, she was picked as Observer Rising Star of 2015. A regular contributor to the Guardian’s Cook supplement, Olia has written two books: Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine & Beyond and Kaukasis.

 
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honey & co

Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich are the award-winning chefs and authors behind the Honey & Co. empire which includes a diner serving traditional, homey Middle Eastern fare in London's Fitzrovia, a deli, a Grill House, a cookbook, and a weekly column for the FT weekend magazine.

 
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THE ETHICUREAN

For brothers Iain and Matthew taking produce from farm to fork in a matter of hours is a serious business. Tucked away in a Victorian walled garden, with views over the Mendips, The Ethicurean was The Observer’s Best Ethical Restaurant in 2011.

 
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mikkel karstad

In the early 2000s, Danish chef Mikkel Karstad helped to define the New Nordic Cuisine, working closely with René Redzepi’s Noma, developing recipes for the restaurant at its Nordic Food Lab. He describes his style of cooking as ‘simple and natural’.

 
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Valentine Warner

Valentine Warner is a cook, food writer, broadcaster and co-founder of Hepple Gin. From an early age he says he understood the world through his mouth and subsequently bit everything from paint tubes to table legs. Today he is best known for his BBC 'What To Eat Now' TV and book series, with a strong focus on robust, flavoursome food.

 
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Anja dunk

Anja Dunk grew up in the Welsh countryside where homegrown produce and wild foraging were part of daily life. Here began her love for preserving. She is co-author of Do Preserve - Make your own jams, chutneys, pickles and cordials. Her latest book, Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings: The New Taste of German Cooking, is a TGLE favourite!

 
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roger phillips

Roger Phillips is a mushroom maestro and one of the most respected foragers in Great Britain. In 1975 his began his life’s major work, photographing an encyclopaedic collection of world plants and he has since written 20 additional volumes with combined sales of 4.5 million copies worldwide.

 
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Signe johansen

Signe Johansen is a Norwegian cook and author of How to Hygge, Scandilicious, Scandilicious Baking and most recently Solo: The Joy of Cooking for One. A longtime whisky enthusiast, she is the co-founder of 'Spirited Women', a project to get more women into whisky and other spirits.

 
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trine hahnemann

A chef and food writer, Trine is an enthusiastic advocate for sustainable solutions, organic sourcing and food cooked with love. With her great knowledge of Danish food and food culture, she writes compellingly about her extensive expertise and life experiences in food.

 
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tom hunt

Tom Hunt is an award-winning chef, food writer, campaigner, and author of The Natural Cook. Tom runs Forgotten Feast a campaign promoting sustainable food through dining and celebration, as well as his own restaurant, Poco, in Bristol, which was the Observer’s Best Ethical Retaurant in 2013.

 
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mark diacono

Mark spends most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. He has written a number of books including A Year at Otter Farm, A Taste of the Unexpected, The New Kitchen Garden and four River Cottage books. His new book, Sour, is published in September 2019.

 

stuart ovenden

Passionate about simple, seasonal and foraged food Stuart Ovenden is one of the UK’s leading food photographers. He recently published his first book, The Orchard Cook, following his journey cultivating a 15-tree orchard in Hampshire.

 
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claire thomson

Claire Thomson is a chef and has been for well over a decade. She loves the fast and furious pace of cooking during a busy night at the stoves. Claire has published 5 O'Clock Apron: Inspiring Recipes for Children, the National Trust Family Cook Book and most recently the much celebrated Art of the Larder: Good Food from Your Storecupboard, Every Day.

 
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chris roberts

‘Lambassador’ Chris Roberts is famed for barbecuing his way around the North Wales Coast with his Asado grill. Fuelled by organic Welsh meat, and copious amounts of his signature Sexy Rub seasoning, Chris and his dog Roxy have become social media sensations.

 
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julius roberts

Julius Roberts is a cook, farmer and vegetable gardener who celebrates nature with a deep respect for ingredients, seasonality and animal welfare. Sustainability is at the heart of everything Julius does.

 
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grace regan

Grace is the founder of SpiceBox, an award-winning local curry house in Walthamstow, London. Grace started her food journey in street food, trading with KERB and at festivals across the UK, including TGLE for 3 years running! Grace's dhal won 'Best Dhal in Britain 2018' and she was voted a Young British Foodie Finalist in 2016. Grace is passionate about celebrating vegetables by using spices and clever cooking techniques. This year, she's bringing back her famous tandoori cauli-steaks to the Good Life campfire.

 
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george squair

George is a passionate forager and can think of nothing better than getting lost in the woods with a flask of tea and his mushroom basket. He works with Damian Clisby at Petersham Nurseries and loves the amazing seasonal produce grown at Haye Farm in Devon. Then there’s the incredible fish from the west coast!

 
 
 

feast chefs

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thomasina miers

Thomasina Miers is a cook, food writer and television presenter, an entrepreneur and the co-founder and Executive Chef of Wahaca Restaurants which are inspired by the food markets of Mexico. She is a passionate advocate of good food, responsibly-sourced and wonderfully-cooked. She supports fairtrade producers and local markets. You may also know her as 2005's Masterchef winner.

See Thomasina’s menu, and book your spot, here.

 
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damian clisby

Damian Clisby's passion for cooking was ignited by his grandfather, a butcher at Smithfields who taught him how to smoke freshly caught salmon on his farm in Co Cork. Damian went on to work in some of the best kitchens in London including a recent stint as head chef at Petersham Nurseries. Damian is a keen forager and we are thrilled to welcome him for a pit-cooked feast at The Good Life.

See Damian’s menu, and book your spot, here.

 
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honey & co

Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich opened Honey & Co in 2012, launching their restaurant Honey & Smoke and deli Honey & Spice close behind. Honey & Co The Cookbook (was named Cookbook of the Year by The Sunday Times (UK), Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards Cookery Book of the Year 2015, and The Guild of Food Writer’s (UK) Award Winner for Best First Book.

See Sarit & Itamar’s menu, and book your spot, here.

 
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mike keen

Mike Keen lives in the beautiful Suffolk countryside and is the owner and executive chef of Ipswich food pub The Brewery Tap and Cult Cafe on the town’s waterside. Born in Colchester but brought up in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, Mike got a taste for exotic flavours and adventurous cooking at an early age.

See Mike’s menu, and book your spot, here.

 
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anja dunk + jen goss

Anja Dunk grew up in the Welsh countryside where homegrown produce and wild foraging were part of daily life. Here began her love for preserving; a subject she has gone on to write a number of books about. Jen Goss lives on a smallholding in West Wales where the produce from her land and surrounding hedgerows provides ample supplies for Our Two Acres – the catering company she set up after a career in the hospitality industry in London.

See Anja & Jen’s menu, and book your spot, here.

 
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the vegetarian society

The Vegetarian Society’s mission is to inspire, inform and enable people to be vegetarian. Their cookery school offers a whole host of veggie and vegan cookery experiences from vegan cheese making to mushroom foraging. They’ll be popping up in Hawarden Castle Pavilion for the ultimate vegan Sunday Lunch.

See the menu, and book your spot, here.

 
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XANTHE GLADSTONE

A celebration of sustainability and seasonality. Earlier this year, Xanthe left her job in Marketing in London and has taken on a project growing fruit and vegetables in the walled garden at Hawarden. She is now at the renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School, attending their first Sustainable Food Course. Armed with the knowledge she will gain, she will produce a three course dinner using seasonal and sustainable ingredients and will serve her Feast in the Victorian greenhouse in the Walled Garden.

See Xanthe’s menu, and book your spot, here.

 
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ROSIE + LONNIE

After meeting as chefs at Petersham Nurseries, Lonnie and Rosie have been friends for the past year. In that year they have eaten, drank and talked about food, wine and cooking every day, pushing themselves to create and experiment. They have learnt from each other and from all the places they have visited together. The menu is a feast of their friendship and Rosie & Lonnie are so excited to share their love for simple cooking and big flavours.

See the menu, and book your spot, here.

 
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CHRIS ROBERTS

‘Lambassador’ Chris Roberts is famed for barbecuing his way around the North Wales Coast with his Asado grill. Fuelled by organic Welsh meat, and copious amounts of his signature Sexy Rub seasoning, Chris and his dog Roxy have become social media sensations.

See Chris’ menu, and book your spot, here.

 
 
 

workshops

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COFFEE ROASTING MASTERCLASS with Charlie Cook

THURSDAY, 3-5PM.
Charlie Cook is a barista at Allpress, one of London's finest purveyors of coffee. Learn about the sorting and processing of coffee, roasting on site, blending and brewing. Everyone will go away with the coffee they roasted themselves. Book here.

 
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MASTERING VEGAN MERINGUE with Briony May

FRIDAY, 10AM-12PM.
After years of baking at home and cultivating her creativity and skill, Briony first came to the public’s attention as she launched onto our screens during 9 stressful weeks in the Bake Off tent on the 2018 series of The Great British Bake Off. Progressing through the competition to the semi-finals, Briony’s humour and warmth, coupled with her resilience and ingenuity saw her become a firm favourite with the audience. Book here.

 

CRASH COURSE ON CURING with Mike Keen

FRIDAY, 12.30-2.30PM.
Mike Keen lives in the beautiful Suffolk countryside and is the owner and executive chef of Ipswich food pub The Brewery Tap and Cult Cafe on the town’s waterside. Born in Colchester but brought up in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, Mike got a taste for exotic flavours and adventurous cooking at an early age. Spend an afternoon getting a crash course on curing and smoking with Mike. Mike will explain the differences between hot and cold smoking, how to dry & wet cure products and then how to rig up a makeshift smoker to muck around with at home. Book here.

 
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TOMATOES & COURGETTES with Jess & Hester

FRIDAY, 3-5PM.
The importance of good, seasonal, ingredients. The workshop is based around two vegetables: tomatoes and courgettes, showing that you can make a delicious lunch using very few ingredients. On the menu will be: Bruschetta with tomato and summer herbs Bruschetta with ricotta, chilli and summer herbs Taglierini with courgettes and lemon zest. Book here.

 
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BAKE FOR GOOD GUT HEALTH with Happy Tummy Co

SATURDAY, 10AM-12PM.
Karen O'Donoghue is the founder of Happy Tummy Co. Karen’s attitude to food comes from a deep respect for the land. As the daughter of two horticulturists she prefers as little intervention as possible between the time a food is picked and the time it reaches your mouth to keep your tummy in optimum gut health. This workshop will see you ferment and bake breads for optimum good gut health. Book here.

 
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HEALTHIEST LOAF IN THE WORLD with Tom Herbert

FRIDAY, 12.30-2.30PM.
Tom Herbert is a fifth generation baker and one half of The Fabulous Baker Brothers. He won Young Baker of the Year as soon as he left baking college and has since harboured the ambition to 'do for bread what Rick Stein has done for fish’. He’s started a baking school, published a couple of books and ‘has lots of floury tricks up his sleeve’. He is the author of Do Wild Baking. Book here.

 
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MODERN RUSSIAN RECIPES TO ENTERTAIN with Alissa Timoshkina

SATURDAY, 3-5PM.
'A Gathering in a Russian kitchen: modern recipes for entertaining’. Rye crostini with dill butter, radishes and spring onion Beetroot patties with horseradish cream Courgette & Aubergine dips Russian cuisine is enveloped in myths and stereotypes of the past. Drawing on her experience as a supper club hostess, Alissa will also share recipes ideal for entreating as well as tips on food presentation. Book here.

 
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UP THERE THE LAST with Max Jones

SUNDAY, 10AM-12PM.
Join food conservationist Max Jones as he brings a side of extremely precious fish from the last remaining artisan of exclusively wild Atlantic Salmon left in the world, Sally Barnes. Tasting includes a side of remarkable fish from potentially the last Wild Atlantic Salmon season we'll see for many years, served on soda bread, unpasteurised mountain butter and cured wild salmon bottarga (roe), all paired with loose leaf tea. Be in the knowledge that attendees will be the only ones on the planet eating that particular food! Book here.

 
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PLANT POWER FOR THE CHANGING SEASON with Harriet Coleman

SUNDAY, 12.30-2.30PM.
Harriet is a former international model now living sustainably, seasonally + hosting workshops such as this. Harriet's workshop is titled: Plant Power for the changing Season. It's a talk and workshop with Harriet the Herbalist. Book here.

 
 
 

talks

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Anna jones

Anna Jones is a food writer, stylist, author and pioneer. Her career started at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen apprentice programme and she has gone on to become hugely influential and widely respected. Her book A Modern Way to Cook was a smash hit and together with her Guardian Weekend column has redefined the way that many think about vegetarian cooking.

 
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karen o’donoghue

Karen O'Donoghue is the founder of Happy Tummy Co. Karen’s attitude to food comes from a deep respect for the land. As the daughter of two horticulturists she prefers as little intervention as possible between the time a food is picked and the time it reaches your mouth to keep your tummy in optimum gut health.

 
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lia leendertz

Lia Leendertz is a writer and journalist whose work regularly appears in The Guardian and Telegraph as well as Gardens Illustrated. Her books include My Tiny Veg Plot, The Twilight Garden and The Half Hour Allotment. Her new series of almanacs A Seasonal Guide… aim reinvent the rural almanac.

 
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Jess Lea-Wilson

Jess Lea-Wilson is brand manager of the globally renowned Welsh salt producer Halen Mon. She is the author of Do Sea Salt: The Magic of Seasoning. She knows a lot about salt and is also a champion of sustainable food production and a public speaker.