Top local chefs on the bill at food festival

Posted on Tuesday 26th September 2017

Top local chefs will be showcasing their culinary skills at this year’s Tiny Rebel Newport Food and Drink festival.  Chef demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day - both upstairs in Newport Market and in the reception area of Pobl Group offices at the top of High Street. 

First on stage in the Newport Market is Hywel Jones, Executive Chef at Restaurant Hywel Jones and The Brasserie at Lucknam Park Hotel.  Hywel has been patron of Newport Food Festival since the first festival back in 2010 and has helped the festival grow over the past seven years.

Where possible, Hywel uses locally sourced ingredients, including herbs from Lucknam Park's own extensive herb garden.  He has built a personal relationship with his local suppliers ensuring high quality ingredients that are always reflective of the season.

In November 2012, under the guidance of Hywel, the hotel opened a brand new cookery school offering a wide range of courses for those who enjoy cooking.

The courses are very diverse, ranging from street food of India to Great British food as well as seasonal cookery, half day children’s courses and An Evening with Hywel, where Hywel will cook and talk whilst preparing a five course menu.

In April 2017, the Michelin star Park restaurant was re-launched as Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park with a new selection of three eight-course tasting menus, in addition to a three-course à la carte menu.

The Tasting Menu will focus on seasonal ingredients and local produce, while the Signature Tasting Menu will include a selection of Hywel’s favourite dishes. The third option will be a vegetarian tasting menu.

The restaurant, situated in the original ballroom of the house, has been refurbished in keeping with the room’s classical style and the new table presentation provides a more contemporary finish.

Hywel says, “Since arriving at Lucknam Park in 2004 the hotel has become a huge and important part of my life.  I have always felt privileged to work in such beautiful surroundings with such a talented team and strive to produce and serve food of the highest standard. The launch of Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park is a great honour for me and a milestone in my career and I look forward to sharing this exciting journey”.

We look forward to seeing Hywel at this year’s food festival where he will also be judging the TeenChef competition at 11am in the Newport Now Zone in Newport Market. 

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