The Live Cookery Theatre will showcase a host of Italian chefs and masterclasses from Manchester to Italy and beyond. These classes are all free and run on a first come first served basis.
This year there will be Festa Italiana Della Donna! On Friday 25th all masterclasses are held by women giving them the platform they deserve in such a male dominated sphere!
1:30pm Friday 25th / 4:30pm Sunday 27th
Carmela is known as a pastaia (specialist pasta maker) and is also an event cookery demonstrator, recipe developer, food writer, founder and chef of a sell out supper club and author of four beautiful cookery books ‘A Passion for Pasta’, ‘Pasta Fresca’, Northern & Central Italian Family Cooking & ‘Southern Italian Family Cooking’.
2:30pm Friday 25th
Sofia's passion for food, saw her taking part in MasterChef UK 2021, during which she won the famous apron with her signature dish for the right to cook for the judges and the Quarterfinals. More recently she won the ICG Cooking Competition Award, against other National Finalists, cooking for renowned chef judges.
3:30pm Friday 25th
Salvi's only female chef Valentina will be holding her own masterclass on Friday 25th! Valentina's passion for food was learnt from watching her parents cook at home. If you are lucky enough to eat one of her dishes, you can taste the love in every single bite!
1:30pm SATURDAY 26TH
TV Chef Giancarlo Caldesi is the chef/proprietor of 2 award winning restaurants and teaches all aspects of Italian cookery at his cookery school. He has co-authored 9 books on the food of regional Italy with his wife Kate and been a regular on our TV screens for years! Demo and book signing Sunday 27th.
3pm SATURDAY 26TH / 3pm SUNDAY 27TH
Italian chef, TV star and award-winning author Gennaro Contaldo will star at this year’s Festival. Italian cookery icon Gennaro will be performing a live cookery demo, Q and A and book signing at the Festa on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th.
12:30pm Sunday 27th
Owner of both Salvi's and Festa Italiana UK, Maurizio Cecco has a few cooking tricks up his sleeve. He was born in Naples and this is where he built the foundations of a passion for cooking which stays with him to this very day!
1:30pm SUNDAY 27TH
GIUSEPPE D'ELL ANNO
Winner of the Great British Bake Off in 2021! His mantra IS that simplicity, attention to detail and good quality ingredients are key to delicious food. This sparked off his ambition to share his family gastronomic knowledge far and wide. Demo on Sunday 27th.
5:30pm Sunday 27th
San Carlo is one the UK's largest and well-known Italians, Francesco Scafuri is the Operations Chef North for San Carlo. This is one you don't want to miss!