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Ainsley returns to Rochdale Feel Good Festival

Press release   •   May 15, 2014 15:10 BST

One of Britain’s most charismatic personalities - Ainsley Harriott, will be returning to Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer.  The top television chef who was a huge hit in Rochdale when he appeared back in 2011 will once again be amongst the star chefs, cooking in the festivals celebrity kitchen on Saturday 30 August.

Ainsley worked in some of London’s best hotels and restaurants before launching his television career, where he is perhaps best known for his hit series Ready, Steady, Cook.’  The master of fresh, fun, accessible cuisine has been a familiar face on television for over 25 years, with his unique flair and flamboyance entertaining millions all over the world.

Loved for his infectious enthusiasm for quick, simple but inventive recipes, he’s also enjoyed success presenting programmes like ‘Ainsley’s Barbeque Bible’, ‘Ainsley’s Meals in Minutes’, and ‘Ainsley’s Gourmet Express.’  In 2012 he hosted ‘The Great British Food Revival’ on BBC2.

He’s a number one best-selling author, selling more than two million books, including ‘Meals in Minutes’, ‘Just Five Ingredients’, ‘Low Fat Meals in Minutes’ and the ‘My Kitchen Table’ series. 

His own food range has gone from strength to strength and is always a familiar sight in the UK’s supermarkets.

Debbie Hernon, Event Manager said:

“Ainsley was an absolute star the last time he appeared at the festival … every session was full and the response from the public was phenomenal.  He also really enjoyed his time in Rochdale and jumped at the chance to come back.  Ainsley is a national institution and a real showman, so it’s fantastic that he’s returning to share his expertise and recipes.  He makes cooking really fun too and I know he’ll be a popular attraction in our celebrity food kitchen … everyone’s in for a real treat!”

Ainsley will be demonstrating his cooking skills in the food tent at the festival on Saturday 30 August.  He’ll also be meeting fans and signing autographs.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival will return on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August, with organisers promising another explosion of entertainment, food and culture. There will be live music across indoor venues, a main stage against the backdrop of the town hall and a community stage on the Esplanade.  Celebrity chefs will host live cooking demonstrations throughout the event which will also include a food market. 

The summer festival, which celebrates its 7th birthday this year is funded by Rochdale Borough Council together with sponsorship from local businesses.

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