Michelin starred chefs Angela Hartnett and Claude Bosi will be first on the pass at the Signature Food Festival 2023 in April at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen. The line-up, just announced, also features firm festival favourite Atul Kochhar. The Michelin chef makes a welcome return.
This year for the first time the festival, which has raised over £1million for charity since 2017, will host events in both spring and autumn. The festival is run by The JEllie Foundation which raises funds to donate to local children’s charities.
Angela Hartnett OBE will be in the kitchen on Friday and Saturday 21 and 22 April. Chef Hartnett’s Mayfair restaurant Murano opened in 2008 and within 4 months achieved a Michelin star and four red rosettes. Angela’s food is described as representing “simplicity at its absolute best”.
Claude Bosi is next on the Signature 2023 menu on Monday and Tuesday 24 and 25 April 2023. He launched Claude Bosi at Bibendum in March 2017 and it was awarded two Michelin stars less than six months later.
Atul Kochhar makes a welcome return to Signature on Friday and Saturday 28 and 29 April 2023. He is the pioneering twice Michelin starred chef from India, who has changed the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine in the UK.
Tickets for Angela Hartnett and Claude Bosi are £200 per person and for Atul Kochhar, £150. Further high-profile chefs will be announced in May for the second course of Signature which will take place in September and November 2023 along with the now legendary Sunday Lunch.
The festival, the only one of its kind in Scotland, is the creation of Gillian and Graham Wood, owners of The Chester Hotel. Signature exists to raise funds for The JEllie Foundation which was set up by the couple to raise funds for local children’s charities.
Graham says, “The generosity of Signature diners has raised over £1 million for local good causes so we’re always motivated by their kind donations to keep finding and attracting the highest quality British chefs to Signature.
“We set out to attract the most respected chefs to the Signature Food Festival to give diners in Aberdeen the opportunity to sample their cuisine without the need to travel to their individual restaurants. Angela Hartnett and Claude Bosi have both been on our wish list for several years and we’re delighted that both will be appearing in our Spring events along with the ever popular Atul Kochhar.”