The Surrey Food Festival 5th - 6th September 2020 Old Deer Park, Richmond

Head Chef in The Petersham Restaurant

Jean-Didier Gouges began his culinary career at the age of 17 in his native Mauritius. Starting as a Chef de Partie for a successful Mauritian catering company, Jean-Didier’s talent was quickly recognised and at just 18, he had the honour of becoming Private Chef to the Mauritian President.

A year later, Jean-Didier became the youngest Le Cordon Bleu chef in his country and earned the opportunity to complete a successful stage in Montpellier, France. It was here that Jean-Didier learnt and honed his culinary skill, receiving classical French training and exposing himself to a variety of new techniques and flavours.

Inspired by his time in France, Jean-Didier remained in Europe and went on to work in London at a number of prestigious kitchens, such as the 5* Metropolitan Hotel by Como in London, where Jean-Didier worked as a Junior Sous Chef.

Jean-Didier’s passion for cooking led him to become a successful Private Chef for exclusive events, specialising in fine-dining, international cuisine. As a trained Chocolatier, Jean also created a high-quality, luxury chocolate brand, Delice d’Elise, Chocolates by Jean-Didier, during this time with great success.

Since then, Jean-Didier has gone on to work in some of London’s most impressive venues as a Head Chef. These include the Rhubarb’s flagship fine-dining restaurant, Coda, in the Royal Albert Hall (2013-2015), the London Capital Club (2016), and most recently, the St Pancras Hotel Group (2017).

In October 2017, Jean-Didier was appointed as Head Chef in The Petersham Restaurant, the fine-dining restaurant located within The Petersham Hotel, bringing with him a wealth of culinary expertise and innovation. Jean’s background in international kitchens has provided him with a deep knowledge spanning many cuisines, Pan Asian, Classical & Modern French, Modern British and Mediterranean.

Jean-Didier Gouges
In light of the current pandemic and the increasing risks of infection by the coronavirus COVID-19, we have had to postpone The Surrey Food Festival.
All bookings and tickets will be valid for the rescheduled event.
Currently all other festivals are still going ahead as scheduled. More details are available on our website.
Please everyone, take care, be safe, be there for each other and we will get through these difficult times.
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We would just like to pass on huge congratulations to @eleanorfordfood for winning the 'Food and Drink Travel Book of the Year', 'Edward Stranford Stranford Travel Writing Award' last week for her latest book: Fire Islands.
We can not wait to see what evocative recipes and stories she is going to share with us at #TheSurreyFoodFestival & #TheMiddlesexFoodFestival during her stints in our demonstration tent.
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Today is the first time we have seen blue sky and sun for what seems ages. Have we got time to enjoy an Ice Cream before the forecast snow arrives??
If not we'll just have to wait till the #TheSurreyFoodFestival to enjoy one of @purbeckicecream many gorgeous flavours. Salted caramel, honeycombe hash, rhubarb and rosehip being some of our favourites here at TLFF HQ.
#icecream #realdairy #delicious #purbeckicecream #icecreamlover #foodfestival #surrey #TheWindsorChilliFestival #TheMiddlesexFoodFestival View this image on instagram
First decision made, it's a Pie day! Next decision, what filling? If only it was already #thesurreyfoodfestival2020 and we could pop over to 100% vegetarian food truck @vegpieella and select one of their home made pies (with mash and gravy of course).
Which would you choose? 
1: Guiness and wild mushroom. 
2: Root Vegetable. 
3: Creamy Leak. 
4: Spinach  and Goats Cheese
???????
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Food writer, cookery book author, recipe developer and occasional broadcaster Catherine Phipps @catherinephipps will be in our demo tents at #SurreyFoodFestival2020 and  #TheMiddlesexFoodFestival2020 this year, so make sure you do not miss out.
Her recent book, Leaf, celebrates the versatility of cooking with leaves. Vegetarians and Non alike, this book will open your eyes to the flavours and textures of greens as you've never experienced before.
Also search @bbcsounds for her appearence on @bbcwomenshour  last week talking about Leaf and creating winter salads.
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This has got to be one of may favourites... Authentic Brazilian BBQ cooking at its best. We are so happy @carnenocarvao.co.uk are joining us throughout the festival season for 2020. So you'll have plenty of opportunities to try their Picanha (Rump Cap), Rump Steak, Rump Tail, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Toscana Sausage, Beer Ribs..... etc.. #bbqmeat #brazilianbbq #carnencarvao #fireandmeat #foodfestivals  #TheLocalFoodFestival #TheSurreyFoodFestival #TheMiddlesexFoodFestival #TheBigMeatAndBeerFestival #TheWindsorFoodFestival #TheWindsorChilliFestival #TheSurreyChilliFestival View this image on instagram
As it's #tacotuesday we thought we would ask you to encourage @bakedbirduk to bring their newly designed Pulled Chicken Wing taco, complete with homemade slaw to #TheSurreyFoodFestival and #TheBigMeatAndBeerFestival along with their usual selection of wings 👍
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Craft Guilds National Chef of the Year 2019 and preserver of ancient techniques in modern cooking, @kuba_winkowski will be in our demonstration tent at #TheSurreyFoodFestival on Saturday 25th of April.
Fresh on the back of opening @kubarn1
the ultimate intimate dining experience, Kuba will be demonstrating how you can create a similar dinning experience yourselves.
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11am is not too early to celebrate #thirstythursday is it?
@englishspirituk will be in our marketplace at a few of our festivals selling their wide range of small batch distilled spirits.
I for one am hoping they will have some of their Spiced Toffee Rum Liquor available 🤩🤪
#smallbatchspirits
#englishspirit #masterdistillers #ukrum #englishrum #rumliqueur #specialedition #rumliqueur #smallbatch #gin #rum #vodka #liquorbottles #handcrafted #liquers #craftspirits #TheLocalFoodFestival View this image on instagram
There was no chance that @the_crepe_stop was going to allow us to forget that today is #worldnutelladay We can't wait to get our teeth into some of their sweet and savory crepes at our festivals this year. See them at #TheSurreyFoodFestival in April
and then later in the summer at our other festivals.
#repostedpic
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For all of you who have given #veganism a try for the first time this #veganuary we are pleased to confirm, the Dirty Vegan himself, Matt Pritchard, will be cooking some proper banging vegan food in the Demo Tent, 25 April at The Surrey Food Festival. So if you are looking for inspiration to continue your journey make sure you pop by. Check out our website for more information and to purchase tickets, link in bio @thelocalfoodfest 👈

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