Jean Christophe Novelli to attend Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival

Updated: Feb 18

Plans for the sixth Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival are well under way with most stalls already booked and a packed entertainment programme. The team of volunteer residents who organisers are delighted to announce that Jean-Christophe Novelli is to take part this year. Jean Christophe is an award winning, multi-Michelin Starred chef and is a TV favourite, a published author and will be there on Sunday 14 June in the Celebrity Theatre sponsored by Christchurch Harbour Hotel. He began his career at the tender age of fourteen as a baker in his home-town of Arras, Northern France before becoming Private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild and his son Nathaniel.

When he moved to the UK in 1983 he worked in several well-known establishments including The Chewton Glen, but Jean-Christophe’s life changed completely in 1989 when invited by Keith Floyd to take charge of ‘The Maltsters’ as the Chef Patron, leading to his move to Gordleton Mill near Lymington, where he won his first Michelin star after only one year.

Jean Christophe is a well-known TV chef and has appeared in a number of programmes such as ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘This Morning’ and ‘Culinary Genius’. More recently he was one of the fugitives on Celebrity Hunted 2019 which aired on Channel 4. He and his fellow fugitives raised huge amounts for ‘Stand up to Cancer’.

Jean-Christophe loves to share anecdotes from his exciting career and is in great demand as a corporate host and speaker. A keen athlete Jean Christophe likes to keep Fit. He is a Tri- athlete and a proud father of four children.

The programme of demonstrations will also include TV chef and author Lesley Waters, chefs from Chewton Glen, The Hilton Bournemouth, the Jetty and Christchurch Harbour Hotel.

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