Chefs & Cooking


Undoubtedly the highlight and core of the event are the cookery demonstrations taking place every day over the three days of the festival in the fully equipped demonstration marquee.  Local chefs from hotels, restaurants and bistros entertain the visitors with their flamboyant demonstrations using local fresh fish, shellfish and locally available produce and of course the opportunity to taste the results is greatly appreciated.

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Fifteen Cornwall

Adam Banks – Head Chef

Adam took up the post of Head Chef at Fifteen Cornwall in April 2017. He worked with them previously as a Senior Sous chef for five years before leaving to follow his love of food in Australia.

Returning to the UK in 2015, Adam joined the team at the Star and Garter in Falmouth alongside two other former Fifteen chefs. Adam played a key role in shaping the Star and Garter menus and style of food in the restaurant, contributing to the accolade of Best Foodie Pub in the South West as voted for by the readers of Food Magazine.

Adam loves cooking Italian food and being part of a restaurant that is so focused on sourcing the highest quality ingredients. He has been working closely with Fifteen’s trusted local suppliers to introduce beautiful new dishes to the menu.
New Head Chef Adam Banks


Elly Owen – Head Sommelier

Elly Owen has been working in the restaurant trade since she was thirteen, predominantly as a waitress but with a brief spell as a chef working in France. Whilst in France, Elly worked a vintage in the Medoc and did the vendange (grape harvest) in 2005 for Chateaux Meyney. This sparked her passion for wine and became the focus of her interest when she joined Fifteen Cornwall in 2009.

Elly initially started as a waitress at Fifteen and gradually progressed into wine, whilst observing, learning and putting into action the knowledge she has gained over the years. In 2015 she was appointed as Head Sommelier. Elly couldn’t be happier training new staff, writing the wine list and tasting wonderful new wines with fresh light, energy and purpose. Elly is renowned for her approachability, enthusiasm and ability to make wine accessible. She enjoys breaking down wine walls and being able to share some amazing wines with staff and customers alike.

Sean Gee Fifteen Cornwall