Events, recipes & behind the scenes gossip from the Showground

Back to blog

Filter News

Meet the chef: Marcus Wilkinson 07 Oct

Meet Marcus Wilkinson: a talented local chef who finished in the final 16 of this year's widely recognised Rotary Young Chef of the Year national competition. Marcus worked extremely hard to perfect a new menu for the judges, seeking local expert opinion on his eclectic menu of mouth-watering crab ravioli, a delicious pesto crusted rack of lamb and an extremely inviting orange chocolate fondant.

Sounds delicious, right? That's why we were delighted to welcome Marcus into The Lincolnshire Kitchen for his first ever live cookery demonstration at the 2016 Lincolnshire Show in June, supported by the renowned Lincolnshire Chef, Steven Bennett. Speaking about his experience, Marcus said: "My first live demonstration in The Lincolnshire Kitchen at the Lincolnshire Show this summer was full of emotions. I remember feeling nervous leading up to the point I was on stage - but as soon as I got on the stage I found myself feeling fairly calm and relaxed, which really helped me to enjoy the experience even more.

"Another great experience was being able to work with Steven Bennett for the first time, and I believe he was part of the reason I was so on stage.

"The feedback I received was better than I could have wished for with it being my first live demonstration. I had great feedback about both my performance and my cooking and now I can't wait to get back on stage at the Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair in November!"

Marcus cooked up a delicious storm of Lincolnshire Poacher cheese soufflé with roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh basil pesto dressing for his first live cookery demonstration - and it was certainly very popular with his audience!

Now, after leaving Lincoln Minster School this year, Marcus is working at the Tower Hotel in Bailgate, Lincoln, with future plans to study at Le Cordon Bleu London in September 2017.

You can see Marcus Wilkinson in The Lincolnshire Kitchen at the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair on 26 - 27 November, where he will be making the most of Lincolnshire's produce to inspire your cooking this Christmas.

More from this category

Back to blog
Pom-poms at the ready for Lincs FM presenters
Pom-poms at the ready for Lincs FM presenters

Each year Lincs FM host a stage at the Lincolnshire Show filled with entertainment for thousands of show-goers. This year is no exception - find out how the presenters are being put through their paces in anticipation for their next challenge!

14 Jun
Top tips from the Showgirls and Showboys
Top tips from the Showgirls and Showboys

Here at the Lincolnshire Showground, the festive season is one of our favourite times of the year (can you blame us?) That's why our #LincsShowgirls and #LincsShowboys have put together their top tips to make the most out of your visit to the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair this year.

03 Nov
Breakfast is served at the Showground
Breakfast is served at the Showground

Local schools will be tucking into the most important meal of the day for Farmhouse Breakfast Week at the Lincolnshire Showground next week.

20 Jan
Meet the exhibitor: The Foodbox
Meet the exhibitor: The Foodbox

We're excited to welcome The Foodbox to Countryside Lincs for the first time this weekend, specialising in tasty grilled cheese sourdough 'toasties' from a converted vintage horse trailer.

05 Apr
The Rolling Scone offer sweet treats at Countryside Lincs
The Rolling Scone offer sweet treats at Countryside Lincs

We first welcomed The Rolling Scone to the Lincolnshire Showground at the 2016 Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair - and now lifelong friends Rachel and Hannah (and their tasty macarons) are returning.. this time to Countryside Lincs!

04 Apr
Young member gifted with Life Membership to LAS
Young member gifted with Life Membership to LAS

For her 13th birthday, Grace Warwick's parents wanted to give her a gift that would last a lifetime.. and what better than a Life Membership to the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society?

18 Apr
Back to the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair
Back to the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair

The very talented cook and food writer behind the blog Belleau Kitchen, Dominic Franks, talks about returning to the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair for 2016 - and even shares a very special, festive recipe for you to try!

10 Oct

Get the latest from The Showground

Sign up to our newsletter!

Keep up to date with all the latest events, news and updates from the Lincolnshire Showground by signing up to our monthly newsletter.

Sign up