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French flair brings Novelli approach to Clipper Race Kitchens

NI Year of Food and Drink

Posted by Tourism NI

Published June 30, 2016

‘C’est magnifique’: that’s the calibre of the internationally renowned culinary talent confirmed for Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Clipper Race Kitchens which will take place as part of the Foyle Maritime Festival in July.

French flair brings Novelli approach to Clipper Race Kitchens

‘The nation’s favourite French chef’ Jean-Christophe Novelli will get foodie pulses racing on the banks of the Foyle on Friday, July 15th as he headlines a host of top chefs taking part in the free four-day event which will run from July 14th to July 17th.

A multi award-winning Michelin chef, TV star and author, Jean-Christophe will bring his distinctive French flair and creative excellence to the family-friendly food extravaganza taking place in Ebrington Plaza as a highlight element of the wider Foyle Maritime Festival programme which itself will take place from July 9th to July17th.

Local chefs Jenny Bristow, Paula McIntyre, Noel McMeel, Brian McDermott and Ian Orr will also be headlining at Clipper Race Kitchens which is expected to be one of the biggest events held during Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink 2016, and is being supported by Tourism NI, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) NI Agri Food programme, and the Loughs Agency through the Sustainable Development Fund.

Derry City and Strabane Mayor, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said she is hugely impressed by the stellar line-up secured for Clipper Race Kitchens including internationally renowned Jean-Christophe Novelli and a host of award-winning local chefs who are all household names and TV and radio stars in their own right.

“Council is to be applauded once again for organising what promises to be an absolutely superb showcase of our finest local food produce and culinary talent as part of the wider Foyle Maritime Festival programme,” said Ald. McClintock.

“Festival-goers will be delighted at the calibre of the visiting and local celebrity chefs participating in the four-day event and we are particularly excited at the announcement that Jean-Christophe Novelli will be joining us for a series of live cookery demos in the Clipper Race Kitchen’s Theatre of Food on the afternoon of Friday, July 15th.”

Mary Blake, Council’s Tourism Development Officer and organiser of Clipper Race Kitchens, is hoping for record attendances, with an estimated 40,000 people expected to flock to the four-day culinary extravaganza on the Ebrington site.

“Clipper Race Kitchens is the biggest event in our Year of Food calendar as we showcase LegenDerry food and produce from across our Council district and beyond,” said Mary. “This is an excellent opportunity to profile the city as a leading food destination with international appeal, particularly following our success last year as runner-up in Ireland’s Foodie Towns competition, and we expect Clipper Race Kitchens to create a huge buzz as part of the Foyle Maritime Festival.”

Clipper Race Kitchens will have three main food zones on Ebrington Plaza, including two huge festival marquees. In addition to the LegenDerry Boulevard of Chefs with 12 local restaurants cooking signature dishes priced from around £5, and Theatre of Food with live cookery demos and sampling in the Clipper Race Kitchen marquee, there will also be a Flavours of the Foyle showcase.

The Clipper Race Food Pavilion will showcase around 40 artisan producers selling their delicious wares, while the Clipper Race Village will be serving up the finest local street food from selected chefs/vendors out on the Plaza.

The family-friendly food event, which opens from 12 noon on July 14th-17th, will also have a kids zone with arts and crafts as well as water boats, jungle playground, cheroplanes and live music to keep everyone entertained.

For more details about the Foyle Maritime Festival programme, visit

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