Food Festival Gallery - The Seaham Food Festival




John will be joining us at the Seaham Food Festival
on Saturday – 11am + 1.15pm

John Whaite is a British Cook, Cookery Author, content creator and TV presenter. John won the third series of The Great British Bake Off, and now runs his own cookery school, John Whaite’s Kitchen, set in the heart of rural Lancashire.

​John can be seen each week cooking inspirational and achievable recipes on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch. In 2016 & 17 John co-presented 2 x series of ITV’s food programme, Chopping Block with Rosemary Shrager.  

His fifth book, A Flash in The Pan was published in August 2019, others books include Comfort which was chosen as a Book of the Year by BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme and Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients – his first non-baking cookery book .  John is also known for his beautiful food photography and design which is displayed throughout all his work in publishing and on his very popular Instagram feed.  


Briony will be joining us at the Seaham Food Festival
on Saturday – 12.30pm + 3.30pm

After years of baking at home and cultivating her creativity and skill, Briony first came to the public’s attention as she launched onto our screens during nine stressful weeks in the tent on the 2018 series of The Great British Bake Off. Progressing through the competition to the semi-final, Briony’s humour and warmth, coupled with her resilience and ingenuity saw her become a firm favourite with the audience. Since then, Briony has joined the presenting team of Food Unwrapped (Channel 4). Her other credits include The Great Christmas Bake Off (Channel 4), which she won, Celebrity Mastermind (BBC One), Loose Women (ITV), The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (Channel 4), The Steph Show (Channel 4), Lorraine (ITV), Ainsley’s Food We Love (ITV), How To Spend It Well At Christmas (ITV), Beautiful Bakes With Juliet Sear(ITV) and The Jeremy Vine Show (BBC Radio 2).

Briony has had a regular recipe column in Asda’s Good Living and Bristol Life magazines and has been featured in Hello! magazine. She has also worked with brands such as Amazon Prime Video, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dr Oetker, Organix, Gousto, Vorwerk, Tefal and Hollands Pies, and has appeared at The Cake and Bake Show, Thame Food Festival, Bishop Auckland Food Festival and Chris Evans’ Carfest amongst others.


Rosemary will be joining us at the Seaham Food Festival
on Saturday – 11.50am + 2pm

Rosemary endeared herself to the nation when she took part in ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ where she proved she could cook just about anything, anywhere.  Her latest programmes include The Big Family Cooking Showdown and the very successful The Real Marigold Hotel which aired on BBC to great acclaim and was nominated for, and won, a string of awards. Subsequently Rosemary has filmed several further series of The Real Marigold on Tour .visiting countries all around the world. Rosemary’s The Chopping Block, filmed at her cookery school in Tunbridge Wells aired for two series on on ITV and Rosemary also appeared on Culinary Genius for ITV. 

Rosemary also appeared as a fantastic judge in Netflix’s Best Leftovers Ever.

Her next programmes include Cooking with the Stars for ITV to be broadcast in Summer 2021 on ITV and another exciting project for C5.


Mike will be joining us on Saturday and Sunday at Seaham Food Festival 2021 – Saturday – 10.15 + 2.25pm, Sunday 12.30 pm + 3.30pm

Born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham,  Mike competed in Masterchef 2021, winning a coveted Masterchef apron and receiving strong feedback from judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, as well as guest judges Thomas Frake (Masterchef Champion 2020) and Ping Coombes (Masterchef Champion 2014).

Mike has lived in a number of places, including York, Malta and London, but settled back in County Durham in 2011 to start a family with his partner, Tammy. He now has 2 boys, who have given him a drive to step out of his comfort zone and follow his dreams, in the hope that they will one day do the same.

After his Masterchef adventure, he felt it would be remiss to not pursue his passion for food further – his website is available to view here – you will see recipes, photography, and hopefully some exciting announcements in the future.



Chris will be joining us at the Seaham Food Festival
on Sunday – 11.50am + 2pm

Chris Baber, 28, is a professional home taught chef, having worked under critically acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, Atul Kochhar in 2016.

Taking on the role of head chef in the Baber household from the age of 6, food has always been a huge part of his life, and in 2016 he went on to win BBC One’s popular cooking competition, Yes Chef, beating thousands of other entrants to the coveted prize. 

Chris is currently working with M&S Food, which will see him create weekly, simple recipes for families and work closely with ITV on bringing these to homes across the UK. Building a strong following online, Chris has an engaged audience across his social media platforms. He regularly posts his cooking methods and simple, wholesome recipes, aiming to give kitchen confidence to those looking for inspiration not matter what level of experience. 

Chris is passionate about improving everyone’s ability to cook from scratch, and as such launched BBC’s Blue Peter ‘Cooking Club’, an online initiative to encourage children of all ages to try new recipes. He also recently fronted his own food strand with BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen.


Karen will be joining us at the Seaham Food Festival
on Sunday – 10.15am + 1.15pm

Karen featured in the 2018 series of the Great British Bake Off. Karen has been busy demonstrating at food festivals all over the country, impressing audiences with her humour as well as her bakes and holding classes as part of her Bake with a Legend line-up. 


Maunika will be joining us at the Seaham Food Festival
on Sunday – 11am + 2.45pm

Maunika Gowardhan is a hugely successful chef and food writer.

Maunika lives in Newcastle and regularly writes for popular magazines including Olive, BBC Good Food and online recipe hub BBC Food. She has been a contributing editor for Vogue India and her own successful recipe app often makes it into the top ten apps. Maunika’s created a global following on social media, showing off her accessible approach to Indian cooking and she will be demonstrating some of her favourite recipes on stage at the festival. 

Appearing Saturday and Sunday


Chris will be joining us at the Seaham Food Festival
on Saturday and Sunday as our host for The Cookery Theatre on the Green

Chris Bavin is so full of character he was born to be on TV – this was underlined by the announcement that he was to join Mary Berry as co-judge on her new BBC series Britain’s Best Home Cook.

Since a TV production company first stumbled across him in 2011 he has gone from strength to strength and is co-presenter of BBC1’s hugely successful series Eat Well for Less? with Gregg Wallace. The show has had incredible ratings and the accompanying book is a best seller.

In addition to Eat Well for Less? Chris has presented Tomorrow’s Food with Dara O’Brian and The Truth about Meat; he is co-presenter of BBC1’s returning series Food: Truth or Scare with Gloria Hunniford. Chris was the presenter for two series of BBC2’s Britain in Bloom and is a co-judge on BBC1’s prime time competition series Britain’s Best Home Cook with Mary Berry, Chef Angela Hartnett and presenter Claudia Winkleman. Most recently Chris presented the new BBC1 series ‘Wanted: A Simple Life’, in which he encourages couples to leave the city for a simpler lifestyle in the countryside or by the coast. Chris is also a regular guest and reporter for The One Show.

Chris is the co-founder of ‘The Naked Grocer’ a retail business that was twice voted ‘National Independent Retailer of the Year’, as well as receiving the ‘Best Contribution to the Community’ award. 

Chris’s first job was as a junior flower trader, a job he relished and excelled at. He spent much of his working day in various wholesale markets across the UK, places where Chris felt very much at home. Packed full of all the colourful characters and the buzz that a busy wholesale market provides, Chris felt he had found his vocation.

After selling flowers into the wholesale markets and retail multiples for six years he took a side step to trade fruit and vegetables. This again was something that he not only enjoyed but did very successfully. He has worked in all areas of fresh produce: importing, wholesaling, retailing, food service and catering.

Chris is passionate about educating and raising awareness in children of where food comes from and encouraging them to learn how to increase their consumption of fruit and veg. One of his ambitions is to teach others how eating healthily can be cheap and easy to achieve. 

Chris’s first solo cookbook, ‘Good Food, Sorted’, was published by Dorling Kindersley in March 2019. In his latest book, Fakeaway (published in January 2020)Chris takes all of his enthusiasm for making quick and healthy meals and applies it to all of our favourite takeaways.

Chris has a great interest in farming and all areas of fresh produce and particularly, the history and future of food. He is an active supporter of reducing food waste. Chris lives in Surrey with his lovely wife Millie and their children.

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