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15th Aug, 2022

Bromsgrove chef to feature in Commonwealth cuisine and culture festival

Ryan Smith 5th Jul, 2022

BROMSGROVE chef Lorenzo Richards will be bringing the tastes and sounds of Trinidad and Tobago to Birmingham as part of a city-wide food festival celebrating the Commonwealth’s different cuisines and cultures.

Lorenzo will be cooking up specialties from the islands and people will be able to sample his food.

He will also be giving out recipe cards, herbs and spices so people can make his recipes at home.

It is part of a city-wide food festival that has been organised by community interest company Communities Engage and Thrive (CET), which is supported by Birmingham City Council.

There will be ten events held across Birmingham that will each showcase the healthy food and culture of a different Commonwealth nation.

The Trinidad and Tobago event will be part of the Simmer Down Festival, which will last between 12.30pm and 8pm at Handsworth Park on July 17.

Lorenzo grew up in Birmingham and is of Jamaican heritage, working with stars including Rusty Lee and cooking for many celebrities when he worked at London’s Elstree Studios.

He launched the Wildmoor Oak restaurant in Bromsgrove in 2007.

Organiser and CET founder Parveen Talwar said: “We are so excited to be a part of the Simmer Down Festival.

“It is an amazing community event that attracts thousands of people – we hope they’ll all stop by and sample some of the fantastic food our chef Lorenzo will be cooking up.

“Lorenzo has built a brilliant reputation as a specialist Caribbean chef – appearing on TV with the likes of the Hairy Bikers and Omid Djalili and on July 18, he can be seen on Channel 4 on Come Dine with Me: The Professionals, filmed at his own award-winning restaurant.

“We are so lucky to have him with us for the day, showing off his skills and the wonderful healthy cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago.”

The festival will feature family music and entertainment and chart-toppers Odyssey will be making an appearance.

Simmer Down tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for 10 to 17-year-olds and free for those aged nine and under.

Visit simmerdownarts.com to book.

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