20 years of the Christchurch Food Festival

Home » Company News » 20 years of the Christchurch Food Festival

As part of the Christchurch Food Festival Anniversary celebrations, recognising 20 years of the Christchurch Food Festival, we will be celebrating all that is great and good in the food and hospitality industry in Christchurch (and beyond) with a very special gala dinner on Sunday 9th June.

“Ten for Twenty” will see eight of the area’s finest chefs work together to produce a gourmet dinner working alongside one of the regions finest bartenders and one of Christchurch’s leading Sommelier for just 120 guests at the Captain’s Club Hotel.

  • Alex Aitken from The Harbour Group
  • Andrew Gault from the Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa
  • Colin Nash from the Three Tuns Inn
  • James Golding from The Pig Group
  • Luke Matthews from Chewton Glen Hotel
  • Simon Hallam from The Sandbanks Hotel
  • Kerry Witt from Chocolates by Miss Witt
  • Jen Williams from Naked Jam
  • Salvatore Damiano – National Chairman of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild and a former bar manager at both Captain’s Club Hotel and Chewton Glen
  • Paulo Pereira – Sommelier at the Captain’s Club Hotel

As part of the event Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL and his wife Pervin (bios attached) from Café Spice Namaste will be our guest speakers. Cyrus is a chef, author, educationist and entrepreneur. He is Co-Patron of Café Spice Namaste and Mr Todiwala’ s Kitchen at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, Mr. Todiwala’s Kitchen in  Lincoln Plaza London, part of the Hilton Curio Collection and Mr. Todiwala’s Petiscos in Buckhurst Hill. Today, Café Spice Namaste is the longest running Michelin BIB restaurant in the world. Cyrus has an MBE for his services to education and training and an OBE for services to the catering and hospitality industry. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a Founding Member of the Guild of Entrepreneurs, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks.

“It has always been a great pleasure to be involved with the Christchurch Food Festival over the years in various capacities. Meeting so many lovely people and a fabulous group of organisers is like a chef’s dream come true! The Christchurch Food Festival has an ambience, a charm and a feeling of belonging all its own. It has created a niche in the hearts and minds of thousands over the years and we are most proud to have been associated with it along its journey of success. We are delighted to be asked to speak at the celebration event and looking forward to an evening of great food prepared by some amazing chefs and lots of fun in a great setting.” Cyrus & Pervin Todiwala

Special guests of honour on the night include Mary Reader, President of the Food Festival, Lesley Waters & Dean Edwards, Festival Ambassadors and Anton Edelmann, former executive chef at London’s Savoy Hotel and original patron of Christchurch Food Festival.

It is set to be an incredible event showcasing all that is great about food in and around Christchurch.