Victorious television chef joins free food event cast

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A PAST winner of the popular TV cookery show Masterchef is taking part in a free food and drink event on Eastbourne seafront.

Peter Bayless, 2006 Masterchef winner, will join staff from local restaurants and give live cookery demonstrations of food from all over the world as part of Eastbourne Fiesta, a new event taking place this weekend (May 28-29) on the Western Lawns.

The former Masterchef winner will headline a Food Theatre at 2.30pm on Saturday.

During the weekend he will be joined by Jason Peter Menzies, head chef from Eastbourne restaurant Printers Bar Brasserie, and further demonstrations by chefs from Thai Terre and The Langham Hotel.

Councillor Neil Stanley said “Eastbourne Fiesta is shaping up to be a real celebration of cultures from around the world.

“Not only do we have some mouth watering demonstrations using international cuisine, but we have live music, a mini beer festival, an Italian Market, and an outdoor Zumba class.

“We are working closely with Eastbourne Cultural Communities Network (ECCN) to organise the event and we are very excited to stage such a bumper line-up.”

The mini beer festival for visitors gives a taster for what can be found at the popular Eastbourne Beer Festival, which takes place in October.

The 1648 micro brewery will be offering a lunchtime tasting on the Saturday, including the chance to try Beehead, winner of the CAMRA Microbrew at last year’s Beer Festival.

The Real Ale Bar will feature 20 real ales, six cider lines, wine and Pimms, and drinkers will be able to vote for Beer of the Fest and guess the mystery ale for the chance to win tickets to October’s event.

Zumba will present an energetic start to the weekend’s festivities on Saturday morning from 11am.

Kayjay Zumba will present an outside master class giving visitors the chance to try out the new fitness craze.

The Fiesta entertainment continues with a Barn Dance on the Western Lawns on Saturday evening.

Long Man Morris Dancers will perform at 6.15pm, followed by a barn dance from 7.15pm until 9pm with visitors encouraged to come dressed in their best gingham with a pair of Aviator Club hospitality tickets to be awarded to the best dressed dancers.