The LPS Chef Demonstration Theatre leads the trade show in #celebratingFRESH. Our carefully selected group of leading chefs demonstrate how they are placing fresh produce at the heart of their high-end menus and showcase a variety of cooking styles and trends using many of the products that visitors can view and source on the show floor.

LPS19 CHEF LINE-UP

10:30 Ping Coombes

Ping Coombes won MasterChef 2014, stunning the judges with food inspired by her Malaysian heritage and delivered with a modern twist.

She is the Executive Chef at Ping Pan Asian, an eatery and deli at Selfridges, London, alongside teaching cookery classes at her Masak Club in Wiltshire, and running her sell-out Malaysian pop-up Makan Club in Bath.

Born and raised in Ipoh, Malaysia, which is famous for its pomelo fruit, chicken noodles and Ipoh white coffee, Ping grew up with amazing food around her, and describes her mother as her inspiration.

Since being crowned a MasterChef winner, Ping has become a Malaysia Kitchen Ambassador; promoting Malaysian food around the UK and abroad, and travelling frequently to demonstrate her cooking.

Ping is the author of the cookbook ‘Malaysia’, and a contributor to three MasterChef Cookbooks. Her recipes are frequently featured on the BBC Food website, and in various well-known food magazines and newspapers.

Ping is a frequent fixture at prominent food festivals in the UK, appears as guest chef on popular daytime talk shows such as ITV This Morning and Sunday Brunch, and hosts a YouTube channel called ‘in the kitchen with Ping Coombes’.

11:30 Amanda Freitag – LPS19 Show Ambassador

Through her work in professional restaurant kitchens, as a food television personality and an author, New Jersey, USA-born Amanda Freitag has become more than a chef, she is known as ‘The Chef Next Door’ – the title of her first cookbook, launched in 2015.

Since 2008, Amanda has been a judge on Chopped, the hit series aired on US television channel Food Network. In May 2015, she launched her own show concept on Food Network, called American Diner Revival with co-host Ty Pennington.

Amanda has worked at some of New York City’s most popular restaurants, including Cesca – where she cooked alongside Tom Valenti as his chef de cuisine and earned two stars from The New York Times in 2003; Gusto in the West Village – where as executive chef her Italian food was met with critical acclaim; and The Harrison in TriBeCa, which received numerous accolades under her direction as executive chef.

Amanda is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She has travelled extensively through France and Italy, which has given her a deep appreciation of Mediterranean ingredients and flavours.

12:30 Luciana Berry – sponsored by Abrafrutas & Frutas do Brasil

Born in Salvador in Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, Luciana Berry is an advocate for Brazilian food who moved to London in 2004.

After training at Le Cordon Bleu and reaching the semi-finals of the BBC competition MasterChef: the Professionals, Luciana has operated a successful catering business in London since 2008. This year, she is the mentor of Le Cordon Bleu London scholarship.

Luciana often caters for the Brazilian Embassy in London, as well as corporate events, private dinner parties and food industry shows, such as Taste of London, where she represented the Brazilian Tourism Board. Luciana has even catered for The Royal Family, 10 Downing Street and the Foreign Office.

She cooks for the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, RFU (England Rugby), the British Consulate in Brazil, and has lent her expertise to the Brazilian Export and Promotion Agency (APEX) and the Brazilian fruit association.

Luciana’s cuisine is inspired by African and indigenous ingredients which appeal to people who are keen to connect with Brazilian gastronomy. Luciana likes to introduces every dish with a little story.

13:30 Tom Booton

Essex-born Tom Booton is Head Chef at Alyn Williams at The Westbury, a luxury hotel in Mayfair, London.

The 25-year-old’s career began at Le Talbooth, an award-winning restaurant in Dedham, Essex, when he was just 15 years of age. Starting out as a trainee, Tom began at the bottom but quickly showed his potential, and rose through the ranks.

Whilst working as a trainee Commis Chef, Tom won ‘Chef of the Future’ at the Essex Food & Drink Awards, beating four finalists from across the county. In 2013, after spending five years learning the ropes at Le Talbooth, Tom moved to London, where he first met and worked for the highly-accomplished chef Alyn Williams.

After a year with Alyn, Tom moved to L’Autre Pied in Marylebone, working under Andy McFadden. Tom stayed for two years, leaving as Sous Chef to go travelling. Whilst away, he spent time in various restaurants in New York, Copenhagen and Iceland.

In February 2016, Tom moved back to London to become Sous Chef for Dabbous restaurant. A year later, he took the role as Head Chef at Alyn Williams at The Westbury.

Tom starts a new role in August at an undisclosed location!

14:30 Peter Gorton

Peter is an award winning Masterchef of Great Britain and one of Devon’s finest chefs. He began his career in 1980 at the age of 16 and trained at some of the best restaurants in Great Britain and around the world. He then became the chef/proprietor of the Carved Angel restaurants and cafés in Exeter, Taunton and Dartmouth and The Horn of Plenty in Devon which he sold in 2010.

Later that year, Peter opened Gorton’s restaurant in Tavistock. This was sold in 2014 to enable Peter to focus on his long-term ambition, to train young chefs of the future. Peter has opened a hospitality academy in Plymouth and also runs a consultancy business working with hotels and restaurants around the country and overseas.

Peter lives in Devon with his wife and two children, and has become one of the best known and well regarded chefs with years of Michelin star experience. Peter is an award winning Masterchef of Great Britain and one of Devon’s finest chefs. He began his career in 1980 at the age of 16 and trained at some of the best restaurants in Great Britain and around the world. He then became the chef/proprietor of the Carved Angel restaurants and cafés in Exeter, Taunton and Dartmouth and The Horn of Plenty in Devon which he sold in 2010.

Later that year, Peter opened Gorton’s restaurant in Tavistock. This was sold in 2014 to enable Peter to focus on his long-term ambition, to train young chefs of the future. Peter has opened a hospitality academy in Plymouth and also runs a consultancy business working with hotels and restaurants around the country and overseas.

Peter lives in Devon with his wife and two children, and has become one of the best known and well regarded chefs with years of Michelin star experience.

15:30 Enzo Di Marino – sponsored by Wealmoor

Enzo di Marino is the NPD Manager (Head Chef) at Wealmoor, a family-owned business specialising in the growing, packing and marketing of fruit, vegetables and subtropical produce from all over the world.

Enzo grew up in Italy where his love for food and cooking was established early on. He learned from his chef mother and was making the family evening meal by the age of 11. When it was time to choose his career path at 14 years old, he knew that working with food was the only choice. For six years, Enzo studied at Italy’s prestigious and world-renowned Hotel Institute Villa Santa Maria. There, he gained the highest awards for degrees in catering and teaching.

After working his way round Italy, Enzo moved to London in 1997 and quickly established his reputation as both a head chef and executive chef whilst working on TV, radio and leading presentations at food exhibitions, using his teaching skills.

Since 2000, Enzo has been vegan and now shares his knowledge about plant-based cuisines through various roles and services within the food industry. His teachers, peers, students and colleagues agree that Enzo’s friendly, professional approach to catering make him a pleasure to learn from and work with.