First celebrity chefs unveiled for 2024 food festival

The first celebrity chefs have been revealed for this year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, better known as BOSH!, will appear on the cookery stage on Saturday. The duo have been dubbed “the world’s biggest vegan and plant-based chefs” with more than three million followers on social media.

Coming from Sheffield, the pair started their journey in 2016 with a mission to bring more plants to people’s plates. They also appeared in ITV’s inaugural vegan cookery series, ‘Living on the Veg.’

Marcus Bean, a winner of Channel 4’s Iron Chef and This Morning regular will also take to the stage on Saturday. Demonstrations will continue with 2023 Great British Bake Off finalist, Dan Hunter.

TV presenter Chris Bavin returns as host. Details of Sunday’s celebrity chefs, as well as details of food traders, workshops and entertainment will be announced soon.

Last year the food festival saw an estimated 28,000 visitors sample the stalls and events in Bishop Auckland.

The annual event returns to the town on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “We’re already counting down to this year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

“The celebrity chefs are always a big attraction and we’ve got another brilliant line-up to look forward to this year.

“Of course, it’s not all about the big names – we’ve got all kinds of food traders, workshops and entertainment to tell people about in the coming weeks and months too.”

The food festival is supported by Bishop Auckland Town Council and Durham County Council’s Towns & Villages programme.

More news about this year’s food festival will be posted on the website at