MasterChef winner, author and restauranteur Shelina Permalloo will be hosting a chef demonstration at the forthcoming Taste of the South Festival in Dorset this July.

Guests will be able to watch Shelina, who won MasterChef in 2012, at work in the demonstration kitchen on July 21 at the new Chapel Gate location. After winning MasterChef, Shelina worked in various London-based restaurants, she has since gone onto write two cookery books and, in 2016, opened her first restaurant in Southampton.

Taste of the South is set to showcase the region’s top talent, not merely food and drink, but also art and culture. The two-day festival, organised by ROUTEpr and events, will be held at Chapel Gate, by Bournemouth Airport over the weekend of July 21-22. The inaugural 2017 festival featured Jane Devonshire, winner of MasterChef 2016.

Shelina says, “As a local Hampshire girl I am so excited to get involved in the Taste of the South festival showcasing some of my delicious Mauritian street food as seen in my very own restaurant Lakaz Maman in Southampton! I hope to meet lots of new faces and can’t wait to take a browse around the exhibitor stands, it’s going to be a great event.”

Also taking to the cooking stage are Chris Wheeler, Executive Chef at Stoke Park; Pete Murt, Head Chef at Rick Stein Sandbanks; Nick Evans, Head Chef Lecturer at Rick Stein’s Cookery School in Padstow; Mark Hartstone, from La Fosse at Cranborne; Indian food expert Sarah Ali Choudhury; local Asian chef Andy Chu; Matt Budden, executive chef for Hilton Bournemouth and Schpoons & Forx restaurant, and James Coward, Michelin-starred chef patron at Les Bouviers Restaurant and Rooms, Wimborne.  Clover Hutson one of the country’s leading masterclass demonstrators for every age group, will be cooking in the Fisher & Paykel kitchen on July 21 and 22 as award-winning writer author and TV presenter, Richard ‘Foxy’ Fox, will also be hosting BBQ masterclasses on the Broil King stage, they will be at the show on both days.

Chef demonstrations are free to watch and access to the festival is from £4 by advance ticket and £7 on the door. Kids under 12 go for FREE and parking is FREE. For regular updates visit or download the APP.