Speakers & Chefs

Listen, Learn, Get Inspired

Event Schedule

Below are our 2019 chefs and speakers - we will be updating you on 2020 in the coming months.

Adam Purnell - Chef

Adam Purnell

Innovative, crazy cooking

Adam Purnell, known as the Shropshire Lad, will be cooking up creative, innovative and inspiring dishes at Frestival.

The star of Channel 4 cookery programme Crazy Delicious, a self taught chef from Telford, has a reputation for cooking with fire and his cooking is often visually spectacular.

Lajina Leal - Chef

Lajina Leal

Chef and founder of Masala Magic

Lajna launched Lajina Masala in October 2013 to teach home-style Indian cooking and has created six handmade spices to help people on their cooking journey.

A self-taught home cook, Lajina’s meals are made from scratch and she has many tips and tricks to make happy, healthy curries.

At Frestival she will be showing us how to create both gluten-free dishes, and how to create vegan-friendly dishes.

Rhea Alton - Speaker

Rhea Alton

Food and Fibromyalgia

Rhea Alton is on the organising committee for Frestival and will be leading a talk on Fibromyalgia and Food at the event.

Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.

As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue (extreme tiredness), muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, problems with mental processes (known as "fibro-fog") – such as problems with memory and concentration, headaches and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Rhea was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia just over two years ago and is looking forward to meeting with other sufferers to talk about symptoms and coping methods, which often includes changes in diet and free-from foods.

Richard Fletcher - Chef

Richard Fletcher

Chef/Proprietor of The Pheasant Inn at Admaston

Richard is Chef/Proprietor of The Pheasant Inn at Admaston. Richard is a keen advocate of using seasonal locally sourced foods , using home grown ingredients where possible, fresh herbs , greengages, apples and foraged wild garlic – his menu always moves with the seasons.

He will be showcasing dairy-free cooking for us at Frestival.

Robin Nugent - Speaker

Robin Nugent

Founder of Iron & Rose

Founder of Iron & Rose, based at Shrewsbury’s Market Hall.

Robin has worked in most areas of the wine industry. He’s picked grapes, worked in a winery, sold wine over the counter for high street chains and traditional family wine merchanges, supplied wine to restaurants, independent retailers, brewers, national chains and supermarkets.

He’s also travelled all over the world doing it...while drinking lots of delicious wines.

He loves to meet a vineyard owner who loves his land, grows great grapes and makes fantastic wines….and that’s how Iron & Rose was born.

In March, Iron & Rose is set to open at new bar, Glouglou on Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, which will feature many natural wines as well as vegan and non-vegan snacks to enjoy alongside.

For more information, see https://www.ironandrose.com

Neale Sadler - Speaker

Neale Sadler

Neale Sadler, a Shropshire dairy farmer working in A2 milk production, will be talking about A2 milk - a variety of milk which lacks the A1 beta casein protein - and why it can be beneficial for digestion.

Emma Williams - Chef

Emma Williams

Emma will be bringing her healthy, home cooked meals to Frestival and telling visitors what inspires her fresh cooking and how she set up her new take-away business in Madeley.

A few years ago, Emmas life was very different.

After working in Graphic Design as an Art Director in London for 16 years, she was made redundant when eight-months pregnant with her daughter. Emma felt she needed a change and moved back to Telford, where she grew up, and started work as a freelance designer. 

However, in the end, she decided to pursue another passion of hers and set up her own business in the food industry. 

One year on and Park Street Kitchen was launched. Business took off! Park Street Kitchen is a food delivery service specialising in creating delicious, healthy home cooked meals using a variety of fresh, quality ingredients.

The meals are cooked in Emma's kitchen and then delivered in the local community. Its a plastic free business, with all packaging being biodegradable or recyclable.