CELEBRITY chef Nick Nairn should fit right in when he appears at Foyle Maritime Festival in Derry-Londonderry this summer.
The Scotsman started his working life in the merchant navy and it was while sailing the high seas that he found himself on a voyage of discovery with flavours, savouring street food in exotic and far flung locations.
Once home, he tried his hand at cooking some of the dishes he’d sampled and within a few short years, the self-taught man had been named Scotland’s youngest Michelin-starred chef.
Now, not only is he a well-established chef, but also a TV personality, cookery school owner and food campaigner. Nick is in high demand for his cooking skills which will be on show in the Flavours of the Foyle Seafood Kitchen along Queen’s Quay on the opening weekend of the Foyle Maritime Festival. Visitors will be able to see the chef in action using the best local seafood produce on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July.
Nick is no stranger to these shores, having sailed around Northern Ireland and his native Scotland with friend and fellow chef, Paul Rankin, on their television series Paul & Nick’s Big Food Trip. Viewers will also be familiar with him through his Wild Harvest and Island Harvest programmes, The One Show, Great British Menu and of course the show that made him a household name, Ready Steady Cook!
He also makes regular appearances on Saturday Kitchen, like popular local chef Ian Orr, who will also be demonstrating his cookery skills during the Foyle Maritime Festival.
With an array of awards to his name, Ian has built up a reputation which goes well beyond the North West. Chef Patron of the Browns Bonds Hill group, his first restaurant, which he opened in 2009 with business partner Marcus Roulston, has been named ‘Best Restaurant in County Londonderry’ for eight consecutive years and ‘Best Restaurant in Ulster’ twice.
Ian regularly hosts cooking demonstrations at his restaurants and at events throughout Northern Ireland. A regular on local television, Ian has also appeared on national television cooking on Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen Live.
‘Flavours of the Foyle’ Seafood Kitchen and Seafood Trail are two of the highlights of this year’s Foyle Maritime Festival which runs from July 14th to July 22nd 2018.
Jennifer O’Donnell, Tourism Manager, Derry City and Strabane District Council, said: “The success of the Foyle Maritime Festival has emphasised the importance of our river to the city and the North West. Again we are using the river in order to boost the region as a leading food destination with the return of Flavours of the Foyle where the Seafood Kitchen will showcase celebrity and local chefs who have created locally sourced fish dishes inspired by the River Foyle fitting in with our theme ‘Caught here not Bought Here’.”
Another one of the big highlights of the Festival will be the Flavours of the Foyle Seafood Trail running from July 14th – 22nd. Featuring award winning restaurants across the city and district, foodies will be offered a range of bespoke dishes celebrating the range of fresh seafood on offer, catering for all tastes and budgets. With so much to choose from, you might want to try a new dish and location every night!
To find out more about Foyle Maritime Festival 2018, visit www.foylemaritimefestival.com or you can follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/foylemaritimefestival and on Twitter @Foylemaritime