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Internationally renowned chefs join the FAM

The inaugural Food, Arts and Music Festival has today revealed two world renowned chefs, Jean Chrstiophe Novelli & Aldo Zilli, who are set to headline the food arena, showcasing their culinary expertise during live cooking demonstrations.

Jean Christophe began his career at the tender age of fourteen as a baker in his hometown of Arras, Northern France before becoming Private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild and his son Nathanial in Paris at just 19 years of age.

When he moved to the UK in 1983 he worked in several well-known establishments including The Chewton Glen but Jean-Christophe’s life changed completely in 1989 when invited by Keith Floyd to take charge of ‘The Maltsters’ as the Chef Patron, leading to his move to the Gordonton Mill in Hampshire where he won his first Michelin star after only one year. In 1994 Jean Christophe was offered the position of head chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Park lane with another Michelin star immediately!

In 1996 Jean Christophe began the foundations for mini empire of 7 establishments, across UK, France and South Africa. The first of which was his award-winning Maison Novelli in Clarkenwell Green. Followed shortly after by a second venture in Mayfair in which he gained another Michelin Star.

Jean Christophe Novelli will be joined by award winning chef Aldo Zilli.

Aldo Zilli is an award-winning celebrity chef who specialises in Italian, vegetarian and seafood cuisine. One of nine children, he was born in the small seaside town of Alba Adriatica in the central Italian region of Abruzzo and first learnt Italian home cooking from his mother, then catering college.

He was the founder and chef-patron of some of London’s most exciting and innovative restaurants, Signor Zilli, Zilli Green, Zilli Café and Zilli Bar. His Italian seafood restaurant, Zilli Fish, was a Soho institution and had been open for over 15 years until March 2012 when Aldo decided to hang up his chef's whites and embark on other ventures.

Aldo is currently executive consultant chef to the San Carlo Group’s latest restaurant San Carlo St James on Regent Street, providing advice and expertise alongside devising new seasonal menus for it.

Ian Hooper, Managing Director of Famous Events comments

We’re thrilled to reveal the two high profile chef’s who are set to headline the Food Arena this September. Both Aldo Zilli and Jean Christophe Novell bring a huge wealth of experience, charisma and expertise and are sure to entertain guests through their live demonstrations.

About the Festival

The festival weekend includes a wide range of events, offering something for everyone.

Throughout the day visitors will be able to sample delicious food from partners, Twelve Event Management, enjoy burgers, street food, and artisan cooking at its finest at the great concession stalls throughout the FAM Festival weekend whilst witnessing live cooking demonstrations from two world renowned chefs.

Visitors will also be able to try their hand at creating fine art with resident artists, get involved in everything from graffiti style art, craft making, and even digital displays.

Families will be able to enjoy workshops from partners at B&FC Creative Arts. Younger guests will have the opportunity to build dinosaurs that soar above their heads, designing pop badges and so much more.

The rock show everyone's talking about "One Night of Queen" will headline the Empress Ballroom on Saturday. Whilst a cast of over 800 local choir performers will combine with a live band and West End star Ben Forster on the Sunday to bring the festival to a spectacular climax.

Michael Williams, Winter Gardens Blackpool, Managing Director comments.

The inaugural Food, Arts and Music Festival is set to be a fantastic event, adding something completely new to our diverse range of events at the Winter Gardens Blackpool. With something for everyone, from live music, top quality food and the best of the arts.

A co-production between the Winter Gardens Blackpool and Famous Events, the festival brings together partners from across resort including Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Blackpool & Fylde College as well as Twelve Event Management.

Tickets from £10.00 for the FAM Festival weekend are available now, each event is priced separately as listed below, For full details and to purchase tickets visit www.famfestival.co.uk or www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk