Two of the country’s top celebrity chefs are heading to the Essex Fine Food Show at Chelmsford City Racecourse next May and here’s your chance to book your tickets and bag the best seats in the house!

Don’t hang around as they are sure to sell out quickly.

James Martin will take to the Verstegen Chefs Stage on Saturday followed by the added bonus of being able to get his latest book signed and maybe even a cheekie selfie! James is passionate about celebrating British food, using the best ingredients possible to create simple, delicious recipes accessible to all. “Saturday Morning with James Martin” sees the popular chef back on our screens to help kick off the weekend at his own home!

Packed full of inspirational recipes for the weekend, and with big name guests from the world of entertainment, food and sport, the new series will come from James’ own kitchen, where guests and crew will gather around the counter as they cook and chat.

BBC 1’s Master chef presenter, John Torode will be bringing his Aussie charm and cooking skills to the show on Sunday.

TV chef John is a veteran at putting amateur cooks (and famous faces) through their paces in the MasterChef kitchen.

John’s TV programmes regularly attract a huge audience.

Indeed MasterChef ’s popularity has placed John & Gregg on the front cover of several magazines including the Radio Times and spawned five cookbooks to date (namely The MasterChef Cookbook, MasterChef At Home, MasterChef Kitchen Bible, MasterChef EveryDay & MasterChef Cookery Course) and there’s even an iPhone app for that!

Sainsbury’s Magazine readers even voted MasterChef as the Top TV Food Show of the Decade and it has been included in the Top Ten list of the most Sky Plussed shows of the year.

The tough-but-fair judge is known for his love of Asian dishes, and for trying “laaavely” plates of grub alongside exgreengrocer Gregg Wallace.

100 Food and Drink Stands

Add to this a weekend of unforgettable flavours, tastings and inspiration from 100 food and drink producers from Essex, the East Anglian region and further afield - we have some of the finest Essex producers coming to the show, so please excuse our lack of modesty but Essex is up there with the best producers anywhere in the country.

Local Chefs

But that’s not all - there will be a host of local chefs demonstrating their skills from the Broil King BBQ Stage. Keep checking the web site to see the new chefs who have signed up for the show.If you are an exhibitor interested in booking stand space at the show, contact

How to Buy Tickets

  • On-line entry tickets from £6.00
  • Children under 13yrs have free entry to the show
  • Please note that children under 6 years of age will not be permitted in the celebrity chef demonstrations
  • To buy tickets visit the web site