THERE’S NO PLACE like Stone for an award-winning chef who has come home to launch his first restaurant.
Richard Cullen, pictured, who has worked in the kitchens Gordon Ramsey and won this year’s Taste of Staffordshire Masterchef competition, is opening his own eaterie, Cullens, at the end of this month in Radford Street.
But foodies can get a mouthwatering preview at this weekend’s Stone Food and Drink Festival, where Richard will be showing off his culinary skills on Saturday.
And Richard will be a big part of a weekend full of gastronomic goodies on offer at this year's ninth annual Stone Food and Drink Festival.
The week-long event kicks off on Saturday (and culminates this weekend at Westbridge Park).
The mammoth festival features 77 different events across 44 venues.
One of the highlights of the weekend will be a cookery demonstration by Richard at noon on Saturday.
Other attractions include cook-offs, special offers, food quizzes and themed meals.
Founded in 2004 the festival has grown massively with last year’s event attracting 19,000 visitors.
Festival chairman Richard Stevens said: “From the outset, this event has always been about bringing business into Stone and giving local businesses a boost, so we’ve always worked closely with local pubs, restaurants and shops to help ensure they get involved and can benefit from the extra buzz that’s in and around town during festival week.”
For the full programme of daily events and details of venues involved in the festival visit www.stonefooddrink.org.uk or pop into the festival office, in The Market House, in Mill Street, Stone.