Jane Devonshire, MasterChef Winner 2016, shares her secrets for creating the perfect Christmas, and is joined on stage by fellow MasterChef 2016 finalists Jack, Billy and Juanita.


 Following up on last year’s success, Foodies Festival Christmas returns to London’s Old Truman Brewery on the 18th, 19th and 20th of November. This festive season the Chefs Theatre boasts a stellar line up, including MasterChef 2016 Winner Jane Devonshire, who’ll be cooking up her favourite family Christmas recipes for the first time. Joining her on stage are fellow MasterChef 2016 finalists Jack, Billy and Juanita with a whole host of seasonal treats and eats to help you on your way to the tastiest festive season yet.


Acclaimed chefs sharing their top tips for a tasty Christmas alongside Jane and the MasterChef finalists are:

Ed Baines – Top TV Chef & Chef Director at Randall & Aubin; Jane Devonshire – MasterChef Winner 2016; Jack Layer – MasterChef Finalist 2016; Juanita Hennessey – MasterChef Finalist 2016; Billy Wright – MasterChef Finalist 2016; Adam Simmonds – Michelin-starred chef & Great British Menu Winner; Andrew Scott – Restaurant 56 & Great British Menu 2016; Nick Bennett – MasterChef: The Professionals Finalist 2015; Tony Rodd – MasterChef Finalist 2015; Arnaud Stevens – Food Director at Searcys; Matt Hill – Down Hall; George Lyons – London House; Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010

In the Cake & Bake Theatre, Burlesque Baker Charlotte White will create a modern showstopper of a Contemporary Christmas Cake in just 30 minutes (with not a plastic Santa in sight!), while master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti showcases a new selection of chocolate desserts and treats, as well as introducing her newest seasonal delights including Churros with delicious festive toppings.


In the Drinks Theatre, Champagne expert Neil Philips and wine experts Charles Metcalfe and Brian Elliot introduce their favourite tipples for Christmas, while Melissa Cole gives guided craft beer tastings. There’s also gin, whisky and Christmas Cocktail masterclasses on offer, so there’s a workshop to suit every taste!

To get into the festive spirit, visitors can also attend one of the brand new series of 12 Christmas Top Tip practical masterclasses which cover a range of activities, from learning the perfect way to curate a festive cheeseboard, to whipping up a Christmas spiced ice cream, and mastering the best techniques for curing salmon.

An Artisan Christmas Market introduces top producers selling a whole host of locally made delights, including cheeses, chutneys, oils, Christmas hampers and gifts, while the Pudding Hall offers up artisan macaroons, cupcakes and sweet seasonal treats.


To keep you satisfied while you explore, there will be range of international and award-winning Street Food stalls showcasing tasty snacks including calamari, steamed pork buns, macaroni cheese and Creole delights.

For younger foodies, the Elves Cookery School offers tutorials in Gingerbread man baking and Christmas Cookie decorating to keep everyone entertained.


The party spirit will be kept up all day long with vintage-style singers and Christmas Carollers providing entertainment on the Live Music Stage. Plus, to add to the fun, daring visitors can take part in daily events like the Chilli Eating Competition and test their sweet tooth with the Mince Pie Eating Contest, as well as team up to compete in the Christmas Quiz and Charades Relays.


Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 0844 995 1111 All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.

Date, Venue and Opening Times:

London Old Truman Brewery, Fri Nov 18th, 12pm – 7pm;  Sat November 19th, 11am – 7pm;  Sun November 20th, 11am – 6pm



Parents News competition for 5 pairs of VIP tickets if that sounds good to you? Each ticket is worth £39 each, and include a glass of bubbly with red carpet welcome, use of the decadent Deco Noir VIP Lounge and Mirror Bar, refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, show guide, and goody bag to take home.

A chance to win a pair of tickets answer this question:
Which Burlesque Baker will create a modern showstopper of a Contemporary Christmas Cake in just 30 minutes
Answers by email to: with “Festive Food” in subject line and please supply name, address and telephone number.
Send them in by noon Monday 14th November 2016 5 lucky winners will be randomly selected.

Usual PN rules apply