Napoleon Grills; the internationally renowned barbecue and outdoor kitchen specialist, is set to host an all-star chef line up on the Kitchen Stage at CarFest North & CarFest South 2021. 

CarFest, founded by Radio presenter Chris Evans in 2012, is the UK’s greatest family festival, hosting an extravagant celebration of cars, music and food, all in aid of raising money for UK children’s charities. As a result of the pandemic, both festivals were postponed in 2020, making the upcoming fundraising events even more important for all involved. 

Napoleon Grills is the Sponsor of the Kitchen Stage at both events – the first Barbecue Manufacturer to do so.  “CarFest is a wonderful place for Napoleon Grills to continue to raise our profile in the UK,” commented Martin Sobey, UK National Sales Manager. “With our specialisation in complete outdoor kitchens we will be demonstrating, via a host of celebrity and Michelin-star chefs, that anyone can cook more or less anything with a Napoleon barbecue. These events attract a dedicated foodie audience and the Kitchen Stage is a real hotspot attraction, quite literally with our signature infrared Sizzle Zone side burners bringing the flames!”

The Napoleon Grills team will be proudly led by our featured guest chef Neil Rankin as well as Ben Tish, Spain’s Omar Allibhoy and South African Hylton Espey among a stream of high profile chefs visiting the stage and using our products.”

Barbecue enthusiastNeil Rankin loves cooking over flames and founded three open-fired restaurants in London. His latest venture is Symplicity foodswhich produces unique plant-based meat and cheese products, now supplied to major outlets such as Soho House, Dishoom, Gordon Ramsay among many others.

Another flame fan, Ben Tish, currently the Culinary Director of Norma restaurant and The Stafford London, wrote his second cook book under the title Grill Smoke BBQ which is rightfully felt to be a bible for outdoor cooking. Much of his cooking is inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean and ‘Moorish’ has recently been followed by ‘Sicilia’which he describes as “a love letter to the food of Sicily”.

Omar Allibhoyis the founder of Tapas Revolutiona critically-applauded Spanish tapas restaurant groupwhich shares the name with his best-selling book. Omar trained under ‘the world’s greatest chef’ Ferran Adria before coming to London to open Tapas Revolution. He has won many awards and is frequently seen on TV demonstrating his food art.

Born in Cape Town, chef Hylton Espeyis well versed in traditional South African braai culture and spends as much time as possible outdoors surfing on Cornish breakers, sailing, fishing and diving. He is passionate about using only the finest and best-sourced ingredients under his philosophy “What Grows Together Goes Together” and is currently the Chef Patron at luxury hotel and spa Merchants Manor in Falmouth. 

Anjna Raheja, Show Director for CarFest said“We are thrilled to be welcoming such a range of talented and sought-after chefs with Napoleon Grills. There’s already a huge buzz in the CarFest community around the Kitchen Stage with confirmed A-Lister chefs appearing such as José Pizarro, Atul Kochhar, Prue Leith and many more, and this latest batch of brilliant chefs bringing the best of barbecue to the stage will delight our foodie fans and adds to what I think is our best-ever kitchen stage line up yet!”.

Napoleon Grills will also operate a demonstration and retail area at both shows where guests can meet the team and view or purchase the range. Napoleon’s guest chefs Neil Rankin, Ben Tish, Omar Allibhoy and Hylton Espey will also appear at the Napoleon Grills stand to demonstrate their grill skills and showcase some exclusive recipes up close on their range of gas and charcoal barbecues. 

CarFest North will be held at Bolesworth Estate from 23rd– 25thJuly 2021

CarFest South will be held at Laverstoke Park Farm from 27th– 29thAugust 2021

CarFest donates 20% of ticket sales directly to its UK children’s charity partners: BBC Children in Need, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust each year. 

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