The Guest Chef is an innovative 300 cover restaurant providing dinner service from Thursday and lunch and dinner service Friday – Sunday.
The four Guest Chefs will collaborate with Social Pantry to present a delicious line up of mouth-watering menus in their own imitable and unique style.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, comedian and presenter Judi Love, The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen and award winning food writer Georgina Hayden will each create a meal to be served in the beautiful new restaurant, and then join the festival diners on the day, hosting and sharing a little more of the story behind their food.
See below for more information on what each chef has to offer!
Former England striker, Match of the Day host and not-so-secret foodie Gary Lineker becomes the festival’s first ever Guest Chef on Thursday evening. When he’s not hosting Match of the Day, Gary is well known for hitting some of London’s hottest restaurants or street food spots. He taught himself to cook from scratch about 6 years ago and perfected his cooking during lockdown. Such is his talent that he has been approached by numerous cookery TV shows and publishers but has so far declined.
Lineker’s passion for food and restaurants started when he moved to Barcelona and was inspired by Spanish food. Latitude will showcase Gary’s skill for creating the perfect dinner menu as he presents “My Catalan Kitchen”.
Gary says: “I love cooking, and especially for family and friends. I cook at home a lot and when I was asked if I wanted to cook for 300 people in a tent in a field in Suffolk, my immediate reaction was NO CHANCE! The thought of it terrified me. But then I met the guys from Social Pantry, and it all suddenly seemed possible. For Latitude, I’ve come up with a hearty menu of family style food, inspired by my time in Barcelona, to go with some lovely wines from Catalonia. If you enjoy it, I’ll happily take all the credit. If you don’t like it, I’ll blame the guys at Social Pantry. You will love it, of course.”
Taking over Guest Chef duties on Friday is cook, food writer and presenter Georgina Hayden, who presents a vegan feast. Georgina grew up in London above her grandparents’ Greek Cypriot taverna in Tufnell Park, where she developed a love of cooking from the recipes passed down to her. She worked in the Jamie Oliver food team for 12 years developing recipes, writing and testing recipes, art directing and styling.
A regular on Saturday Kitchen and Sunday Brunch, most recently, Georgina was a judge on Channel 4’s latest cooking show the ‘Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver’. At Latitude, Georgina will showcase some stunning vegan recipes from her Sunday Times bestseller ‘Nistisima’ which focuses on the traditional vegan way of eating from the Mediterranean and beyond.
Georgina said, “As a food writer and lifelong festival goer, I am insanely excited to be able to share my food with you at Latitude this year. What an amazing experience! I’ve drawn on my Cypriot heritage and pulled together a feast of Greek and Middle Eastern dishes – with vegetables and grains as the heroes. I am not vegan, but my latest book Nistisima celebrates all the amazing vegan recipes from this part of the world, because there really is an abundance. And I promise you, you will not miss meat (but I might slip in some halloumi and feta…). It’ll be like the Big Fat Greek wedding you’ve always wanted to go to. Opa!”
Comedian, presenter and star of Loose Women, Judi Love is Saturday’s Guest Chef. Love was a semi-finalist on Celebrity Masterchef and winner of the Christmas special of the show. She is a massive food connoisseur. Love grew up eating good, home-made West Indian food, and learned to cook at a young age. She loves the nostalgia and joy that is associated with food.
Judi says, “I’m looking forward to sharing my idea of good food. I’m going to bring food that’s packed with flavour that will get you ready for the amazing Latitude festival. You can’t beat a good laugh, good music and good food. This is what festivals are about. So being able to be a Guest Chef is beyond exciting.
“Food tells a story, doesn’t it? It’s about love, it’s about sharing. It’s about identity as well. That’s what’s great about it. I cook from my heart! My parents were Jamaican born and they loved to show love with food. And that’s what I will bring to Latitude.”
Sunday’s Guest Chef is Amanda Owen, The Yorkshire Shepherdess, mother of nine children, bestselling author and star of Our Yorkshire Farm, Channel 5’s highest-rated factual programme, with nearly four million viewers. Amanda lives in tune with nature, and her attitude to food is the same. She believes in buying good, seasonal ingredients when it comes to feeding her family and recently authored ‘Celebrating the Seasons’ which included some amazing recipes.
Amanda Owen said, “I am excited to have been asked to design one of the first ever Guest Chef menus at Latitude Festival this year. When I’m cooking for the family at home I like to make the most of the wonderful seasonal ingredients that are readily available in the shops and won’t break the bank. Where our food comes from is equally important to me, so I’m excited that the meat element of my menu will be lamb, born and reared at Ravenseat. I hope to create the perfect summer roast to go with what will be a great weekend of music and culture.”