Student food festival line up talented chefs


An impressive line-up of talented chefs have confirmed their involvement with FEAST 2012, the student-led food festival run by Jewel & Esk College (JEC) and Queen Margaret University (QMU).

Tony Borthwick from the Plumed Horse will kick off the festival followed by demonstrations from some of Scotland’s finest chefs including Neil Forbes from Café St Honoré; Stuart Muir from the Forth Floor, Harvey Nichols; BBC Professional Masterchef 2008, Derek Johnstone from Chez Roux, Greywalls; and John Paul from the MacDonald Marine Hotel, North Berwick.

Although the theme of the event is a celebration of regional Scottish food, Yogesh Utekar will travel all the way fromMumbai,India to add an international dimension to the event, as will the Canadian chef Tara Ferguson who now teaches at Jewel & Esk College.

Jewel and Esk college will host a student food festival 

The event, which will take place at Jewel & Esk College on the 28th April will showcase all that is good aboutScotland’s food and drink. Aside from the chef demonstrations, the event will include an exciting range of imaginative regional menus.

Visitors to the event will be able to sample top quality dishes which represent the regions ofScotland including Perthshire crofters’ pie with beef and haggis, wild mushroom and pearl barley stew from Argyll, lentil and wild garlic soup from North East Scotland, and Selkirk Bannock bread and butter pudding from the Borders.

Ron McGilp, Curriculum Development Manager atJewel & EskCollege, said: “FEAST is a great platform to showcase some of the most gifted chefs in Scotland and we believe the audience is going to love hearing from the range of brilliant individuals who are contributing in such a significant way to Scotland’s growing reputation for culinary excellence.

“We are delighted that some of the influential chefs that have supported FEAST in the past will be making an appearance again and we are also excited to welcome a variety of new chefs to the event.

“This year’s mix of chef demonstrations, regional tasting menus, and local food producer stalls is sure will have something to offer every food enthusiast. We also anticipate that our ‘Booze Boutique’ is going to be a big hit.”

Lynne Russell, PR Officer at Queen Margaret University, said: “FEAST 2012 offers a jam packed day which is sure to delight the most sophisticated of culinary experts as well as those who just enjoy food and want to discover more about the diversity ofScotland’s food and drink.

“The food festival offers exceptional value for money with the entrance fee alone allowing opportunities to view top chef demonstrations, access to local producers, taste testing of a wide variety of regional dishes and tutor-led tasting opportunities from an excellent variety of Scottish drinks producers.”

The event will take place from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 28th April 2012 at Jewel & Esk College, 24 Milton Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 2PP. Tickets will be priced at £12 (all adults) / £5 (concession available for students and children under 16 years of age only) / children under 5 years go free. Tickets are available to purchase from the Club at Jewel & Esk College, 24 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH12 8RG [email protected] or 0131 344 7373 or 344 7197, from The Finance Department, Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU or on-line at