Top chefs to attend Taste of Grampian

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The two celebrity chefs who will be starring at this year’s Taste of Grampian food festival have been revealed.

Simon Rimmer and Jean-Christophe Novelli are both making return visits to the annual celebration of the North-east’s rich and diverse food and drink larder.

The event, which this year celebrates its 12th anniversary, is being held at Inverurie’s Thainstone Centre on Saturday, June 4.

Taste of Grampian steering committee member Alan Craig, the chief executive of event hosts, the ANM Group, launched the 2011 Taste of Grampian at the recent Grampian Food Forum Dining Club in Aberdeen’s Rox Hotel.

Taste of Grampian steering group chairman Brian Pack is looking forward to the return of both chefs. Mr Rimmer attended Taste of Grampian in 2008 and Mr Novelli in 2009.

Mr Pack said: “Both were extremely popular with the crowd. We hope they will tantalise the taste buds of the thousands who annually flock to Taste of Grampian.

“We will again be sticking to our core principles of letting the North-east public taste and sample the very diverse range of food and drink produced in the region as well as buy it from the many food firms who support us by taking stands to display their full range of wares.

“We are again hoping for an excellent day in which the focus will be on celebrating Grampian’s all-important food industry and sharing that with the North-east public.”

The two chefs will each give demonstrations during the day.

As ever, they will round off the event with a cooking duel in the style of the BBC’s Ready Steady Cook.