The Guest Chef Returns!

At Barclaycard Presents Latitude we pride ourselves on delivering a delectable food line up. This year we’re bringing you our biggest and best offering yet!

The Guest Chef, which played host to some very special guests last year, returns. Each guest has designed a menu in collaboration with Social Pantry, and will host their intimate sit-down meal in a beautiful 300-seater restaurant with ticketholders.

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s guest chefs are Emma Freud and Richard Curtis, Don Letts, Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones!

Kicking off our sumptuous line-up of on Thursday, we have Richard Curtis and Emma Freud, showcasing the very best of local Suffolk delicacies in an experience lovingly dubbed “Suffolk, Actually”.

Emma Freud and Richard Curtis

Emma Freud and Richard Curtis: Suffolk, Actually

“Richard and I are ridiculously excited to have been asked to ‘guest chef’ this dinner.

Suffolk is the warmest and most magical county in Britain…with massive skies, stunning beaches, and a community that glows with kindness. And its culinary wonders are stunning. We want to showcase some of our favourite food and drink producers in the county, so every ingredient in our dinner will be fresh, local, seasonal and artisanal. We’d love to share this meal with you, whether you’re local or visiting.

Simon, the cocktail king in our village, is creating the welcome drink using ingredients from our pub’s allotment. Jonny the (handsome) farmer who invented Baron Bigod is making our amazing cheese starter. Steve the fisherman will catch our main course – he visited our village every week in lockdown to deliver fresh seafood from the back of his van. The Suffolk Crullers for pudding are a local secret and may be the greatest dessert you have ever eaten. And we’re asking some of our favourite Latitude talent to come and be amusing/interesting/fabulous between courses.

In the early 1930s, many members of my German Jewish family arrived in Suffolk and were made to feel welcome. Nearly 100 years later – we’re still here. On July 20th, in our beautiful tent, we would love to welcome and feed you, the Suffolk way.”

Our Friday guest chef is the legendary DJ, musician and filmmaker Don Letts, paying homage to his roots, accompanied by the perfect soundtrack.

Don Letts

“Food, glorious food – not my words but I’d certainly second that motion. In these digital days anything that brings us together for a collective synchronised experience is crucial for our well being. Music still offers that possibility, as does sport, but I don’t do that. Along with music, sharing a meal would be my preferred option. As a child of the Windrush generation I’ve gone with a menu that reflects something I took for granted as a child and it’ll served with a bass heavy soundtrack.”

Join us on Saturday to try a truly unique menu designed by comedians Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke, with cheesy puns aplenty!

Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke

Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris

“We are delighted to combine our favourite festival with our favourite foods. It’s fair to say Marcus and I enjoy food in different ways. Marcus is a foodie, he likes things as complicated and exotic as possible. I like the simplest, easiest foods and ideally in SEPARATE AREAS OF THE PLATE.

With us both being comedians it was perfectly obvious what the unifying theme of our meal should be…musical theatre, of course! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang chicken? Anything Gyoza Defying Gravy-ty? And for Sweet [Charity]…totally Devoted to Yuzu and Pear-Spray with a Come From A-Wafer?

The puns will be appalling. The food will be delicious, we promise, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Supercalifragilisticexpiadelicious (we went too far with this one)!”

On Sunday, let Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones transport you to their Kitchen Disco with recipes from their cookbook Love Food Family, rounding off our star-studded line-up of guest chefs!

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones

“We’re both big foodies and love cooking — it’s a huge part of our family life.  Cooking reflects who we are!. Music and cooking are so intertwined. When you create a song, you have to develop all  the elements beginning with the drums and the bass and working into the percussion and the vocals. In a meal, it is so similar,  you have to build around the palate from the bottom end and the bass notes to the top end, the vocals are in the spice, the oil and seasonings. Our meal at Latitude, taken from our cookbook, Love Food Family, will be like an invite to our family home including a large helping of disco for good measure!”

Full Guest Chef menus to be announced soon. Please note that all menus will be served family style.

Dietary Requirements & Allergens:

Please advise of any allergies on arrival but we cannot guarantee we can accommodate all dietary requirements.

All our food is prepared in kitchens where nuts, gluten and other allergens may be present.