National Trust Cookery Theatre at BBC Countryfile Live

Marcus Bean on the Cookery Theatre stage at Countryfile Live 2017

From 2–5 August, you can catch some of the country’s best-loved chefs as they take to the stage of our Farmyard Cookery Theatre at Countryfile Live.

They'll be giving demonstrations and sharing top tips, so you can discover how to make the most of quality meat, fruit and veg, or learn how to bake the perfect loaves and cakes. 

Our chefs will be using some of the tasty and environmentally-sustainable food and drink produced by our tenant farmers, and there'll be plenty of opportunities for you to try some for yourself.

We’ll also be announcing the winners of this year's Fine Farm Produce Awards in the Cookery Theatre on Friday 3 August. Now in their 13th year, the awards recognise the best food and drink being produced on the farms and estates in our care.

See below for more information about the live cooking sessions, and to download the full session schedule.

Henry Herbert

Bread making

Join ITV's Marcus Bean, Great British Menu’s Matt Gillian or ‘The Fabulous Baker Brothers’ Tom and Henry Herbert as they demonstrate how to make the best of three simple ingredients - flour, yeast and water.

Paul Ainsworth

Cooking with meat

Do you know your rib cut from your sirloin? These demonstrations will show you how to make the most of meat with hints and tips from Matt Gillian, Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, butchery expert Henry Herbert and Michelin-starred TV chef Paul Ainsworth.

Clive Goudercourt

Free from...

‘Free from’ cooking is gaining increasing recognition in our everyday diets. Chefs Richard McGeown, Clive Goudercourt and Henrietta Inman will be sharing their tips on how to make delicious meals that everyone can enjoy.

Tom Hunt

Sensationally seasonal

TV chefs Marcus Bean and Paul Ainsworth, Masterchef winner Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed and eco-chef author of ‘The Natural Cook’ Tom Hunt will all be taking to the stage to demonstrate how you can make the most of fresh seasonal produce.

Claire Thomson

Afternoon tea delights

No English summer afternoon is complete without tea and cakes. Join experts Marcus Bean, Richard McGeown, Holly Bell, Claire Thomson and our very own development chef Clive Goudercourt to help make sure your homemade treats always rise to the occasion.

Henrietta Inman

Brilliant baking

Sometimes you just can’t beat a piece of cake. From pastries to puddings and even the humble biscuit, baking is something that the whole family can get involved in. Showcasing some of their favourites recipes will be Marcus Bean, master baker Tom Herbert, blogger and cook book author Holly Bell, and pastry chef Henrietta Inman.

Steve Conisbee in a field with sheep

Fine Farm Produce Award winners 2018 

Every year we reward and celebrate the ingenuity of our best farmers and producers with the annual Fine Farm Produce Awards. Read the list of this year's winners from our 1,500 tenant farmers and estates.