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Chef Brian Turner Set for LegenDerry Food Festival

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TV chef Brian Turner, of BBC’s Ready Steady Cook fame, will be making a special guest appearance at Derry City and Strabane District Council’s LegenDerry Food Festival this March 17th – 19th.

LegenDerry is supported by Tourism NI and DAERA’s NI Regional Food Programme as part of Council’s St Patrick’s Spring Carnival, and won Best NI Food Event at the recent NI Year of Food and Drink Awards.

On Saturday, March 18th, Brian will curate demos in the festival marquee at Guildhall Square.

The Yorkshire-born TV chef and restaurateur said he can’t wait to visit LegenDerry, saying: “I am delighted to be taking part in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s LegenDerry Food Festival. I’ve heard fantastic reports about the city and district’s famous hospitality and am eagerly looking forward to meeting chefs, producers and visitors.”

Brian trained in some of London’s top restaurants including The Savoy and Claridge’s before opening his own restaurants, and is President of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. A featured chef on BBC2’s first ever Ready Steady Cook, Turner served more than 14 years on the popular daytime show as well as many appearances on This Morning, Saturday Kitchen and more recently his own BBC shows, A Taste of Britain and My Life on a Plate. In June 2002 Turner was awarded a CBE for his services to tourism and training in the catering industry.

Another well-known chef still to be announced will headline the opening day of LegenDerry on Friday, March 17th with Barbara Collins, the experienced broadcaster and Irish Food Writers’ Guild member, as guest compere.