Welcome to WhitFood 2017



Some of the UK’s best-loved chefs will come together in Whitstable on October 14th and 15th 2017 to celebrate the very best food and drink at the second ever Whitstable Food Festival.

WhitFood celebrates the best Kent produce, restaurants and home grown talent, that has made the north Kent coastal town one of the country’s biggest foodie destinations.

WhitFood will comprise of talks, a beachside BBQ, and a totally unmissable luncheon at the iconic Wheeler’s Oyster Bar on Sunday 15th October which sees the star-studded Tom Kerridge, Angela Hartnett, Stephen Harris and José Pizarro come together for the first time to create a once in a lifetime 6 course tasting lunch, in two sittings.

Each chef will take a course along with Mark Stubbs, Head Chef at the intimate Whitstable oyster bar which has graced the high street for over 150 years, who will top the event with a Devilled Scallop at the Wheeler’s Beach Hut before taking his guests back to the restaurant for the main event. 

Much-loved Spanish chef José Pizarro (José, Pizarro, José Pizarro Broadgate and Little José) will take the starter course,  Kentish girl Angela Hartnett (Murano, Café Murano, The Merchant’s Tavern) will create the pasta course.Local hero Stephen Harris of The Sportsman will take the Fish course, using his extensive knowledge of the marshes, the beach and the seasons to create a truly memorable course.  And the inimitable and passionate Tom Kerridge (The Hand & Flowers, The Coach Marlow) will run the Meat course. Mark will then tail the event, working with Kentish orchards to devised a stunning Wheelers dessert to round off the meal. 

On Saturday, a ‘Made in Kent’ series is designed to celebrate Kentish home-grown talent and local produce.  Mark Stubbs and his old Sous Chef James Cochran (now in charge at the very successful James Cochran EC3 in London and with a second restaurant on the way in Islington) will host a ‘Beachside BBQ’ at the Wheeler’s Beach Hut on Saturday 14th October (12.30 – 2 pm) along with Grieg Hughes (Head Chef at Whitstable’s award-winning restaurant Samphire) 

Sunday at the Whitstable Food Festival 2017 will comprise of the chef lunch at Wheeler’s and then a series of intimate talks from our esteemed chefs, where guests can also buy signed copies of the chefs’ books.