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TV Chef Coming Home To Cook Up A Treat

TV chef Tony Tobin will be doing some "home" cooking when he stars in the Coventry Food Festival next month.

The star of television shows including Ready, Steady, Cook will be demonstrating his culinary skills on Saturday 30 September and judging the Coventry Chef Of The Year competition.

It will also be an opportunity for the 35-year-old to visit some old stomping grounds.

He was brought up in the Warwickshire village of Priors Marston, had his first taste of kitchen life at the Butcher's Arms in Priors Hardwick and went to Trinity School in Leamington.

He trained at Stratford College before moving to the Grosvenor Hotel in Chester and then on to London.

The third Coventry Food Festival, organised by the City Centre Company, coincides with a three-day French market in the city centre.

Tony said:

"I am really looking forward to coming back to Warwickshire. I get back whenever I can and I have done tutorials at Stratford College because I had such a superb training there.

"When I was at school we used to come over to Coventry to go roller skating - and the Food Festival will be just as frenetic.

"I do these events all over the country but it will certainly mean more to me being so close to home and hopefully there will be a few familiar faces in the crowd.

"I am sure the Chef Of The Year competition will be extremely well contested and I think it is a great idea. The whole festival and market will be something for everyone to enjoy - I am for anything which publicises cooking."

Tony is currently executive chef at the Dining Room in Surrey and a director of a fast growing chain of Italian restaurants - Tortellini's - based in and around South London.

He added:

"We have just finished recording the first shows of the new series of Ready, Steady, Cook, which Ainsley Harriot is hosting and which go out just before the Coventry event."

Celebrity chef Paul Rankin was the judge for the past two years and proved very popular but Gillian Lawless, event and promotions manager for the City Centre Company, said Tony would bring a fresh flavour to the event.

She said:

"Tony is very much a rising star in the television culinary world and was very keen to return home to Warwickshire.

“The market has proved very popular in the past and we are busy lining up a host of attractions for the day."

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