TV's Matt Pritchard is the latest celebrity chef to be announced for this year's Paisley Food and Drink Festival. The former stunt man, who was in hit MTV series Dirty Sanchez before going on to present the BBC's first vegan cookery show, Dirty Vegan, in 2019, will host two cooking demos on 27 April before taking an audience Q&A session.
Matt will join the winner of MasterChef – The Professionals 2016, Gary Maclean and Three Sisters Bake to run demonstrations at this year's Festival.
“I still can't get over how amazing the whole Dirty Sanchez to Dirty Vegan journey has been and can't wait to share my story, meet as many vegan or vegan-curious folk in Scotland as possible and show how this incredible, nourishing, energising food is for everyone." said Matt who became vegan in 2015. As a trained chef, the lifestyle change re-ignited his passion for cooking and saw him start his own YouTube cooking show, Pritchard's Proper Vegan Cooking.
The cooking demonstration tent at Paisley Food and Drink Festival is delivered in collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland's Love Food Hate Waste campaign. Love Food Hate Waste will provide advice on the day on making the most of your leftovers and how to avoid wasting good food.
This year's line-up will include more than 40 vendors from across Scotland, expert tasting sessions with award-winning Gin 71, the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent, live entertainment, children's workshops and picnic areas in the surroundings of Paisley's historic Abbey. For the first time, this year's Festival will see a dedicated vegan and vegetarian zone offering a range of options including There's No Catch's unique take on 'vish & chips' with mushy peas and FlipnFast's sweet and savoury vegan crepes and ice cream.
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