Thrills and skills at Rock for a taste of all things food 22nd June to 24th

THE ROCK Oyster Festival will return to the north Cornish coast this June with an all-star foodie line-up. Now in its third year, the boutique food and music festival will for the first time feature the Flying Fish chefs’ theatre where some of Cornwall’s best culinary talents will take  the stage.

The festival is held in the grounds of Dinham House near Rock,  and will run from Friday, June  22 to Sunday, June 24. Organiser Charlie Anderson said: “The festival has always had a strong food focus and so it seemed like a natural progression to introduce live cookery demonstrations.​Rock Nr Padstow Cornwall“Flying Fish have kindly sponsored the theatre and will be providing the chefs with fresh Cornish fish for the weekend. The chefs’ theatre will have plasma screens so the audience will be able to see their favourite chefs preparing dishes close up.

“They will also be able to learn professional tips and sample some of their cooking afterwards.”

Local chef James O’Connor from the St Moritz Hotel will be showcasing his culinary skills along with Tom Scade, who is head chef at the nearby Tides restaurant and was 2011 South West Chef of the Year.

From across the estuary, Paul Ainsworth will be demonstrating some of his favourite dishes and talking about his time on the BBC Two programme  The Great British Menu.

Sharing their secrets on stage will be Stephane Delourme, head chef from The Seafood Restaurant, alongside Rick Stein’s executive chef David Sharland and sous chef Peter Murt.

More gastronomic entertainment will come from Andy Appleton, head chef of the Jamie Oliver-inspired restaurant Fifteen Cornwall, and Neil Haydock, executive chef for Watergate Bay Hotel.

James Nathan, Masterchef winner in 2008, will be going head to head with a mystery guest in a timed ‘chef off’ with Daphne Skinnard from BBC Radio Cornwall, who will be judging the winner.

Annie Sibert of My Fish Kitchen was a fishmonger from the start of her working life.

She set up My Fish Kitchen to  share the knowledge and experience she has from her upbringing as part of a large Cornish fishing family.

Annie can teach us everything we need to know about how to buy, prepare and cook fish fresh from the sea.

Festivalgoers can also watch their favourite chefs compete in the hotly-contested oyster shucking competition. Contestants battle it out to present perfectly prepared fresh oysters in the fastest time possible.

Charlie said: “Tickets are selling quickly so people should buy now to avoid disappointment.”

For more information and to buy tickets visit

Tom Scade and James O’Connor.