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An Interview With Jean-Christophe Novelli - The Bubble

On 27 and 28 October, Palace Green and Market Square will be buzzing with the annual festival excitement. The weekend features over eighty quality producers on both days of the event, celebrity food writers and regional chefs showcasing their best demonstrations, and quirky arts and crafts stalls.

I was lucky enough to get to chat to the headliner of this year’s food event – the lovely Jean-Christophe Novelli. A Michelin star chef with a cookery school that has been voted amongst the top 25 in the world, Jean-Christophe promises to wow guests at this year’s event. He will be arriving in Durham on Friday 26 for a fundraising meal at Grey College, before treating festival-goers to a weekend food showcase.

The Bubble: So what exactly have you got lined up for guests at the Durham Food Festival this year?

Jean-Christophe Novelli: I’m going to be doing a lot of demonstrations and linking up with the local people and farmers. I plan to show guests the techniques that I use at my cookery school in Hertfordshire. I have some super recipes to teach that will be quite good for people to learn. Durham is my last festival this year in the countryside so it’s very exciting.