A Passion for Seafood Stage

The Seafood Stage is focused on the incredible seafood caught, prepared and sold on the East Coast. We want to celebrate the small businesses who fish sustainably, show you how to prepare fish, and where you can buy the best quality fish on our doorstep.

Below is an example of the stage schedule at last year's festival. This September's line-up will be announced very soon!

The Seafood Stage Schedule 2023

Mike Warner

Mike Warner


Mike is a local business owner and fisherman, and proud sponsor of this stage. He owns and runs A Passion for Seafood, a fish shop selling seasonal fresh British fish direct to the public in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Gerard King

Gerard King


With over thirty years of experience Gerard is a third-generation butcher who started out in Hackney as a packing boy in his family shop. There he slowly learnt his butchery craft, cutting and preparing meat for a cosmopolitan and discerning mix of customers, which gave him a valuable understanding of different food cultures and cooking techniques.

CJ Jackson

CJ Jackson – “Fish Boss”


CJ has been the CEO of Billingsgate Seafood School since 2005. As a charity, based above the largest inland fish market in the UK, CJ and her team deliver a large range of courses for children and schools, industry training and general public as part of a ‘food lovers’ programme. CJ will be demo-ing on the Seafood stage; hosting a Masterclass; and giving classes in the Tipi!

Cyrus Todiwala

Cyrus Todiwala


Cyrus and his wife, Pervin, run four restaurants together, most notably Cafe Spice Namasté. Cyrus, OBE DL FIH, is a chef, restaurateur, educationist, author and entrepreneur. Pervin is co-patron and Operations Director of Cafe Spice Namasté and a trained chef.  

Philippa Davis


Philippa is an international private chef, food writer and consultant, who grew up in Dorset, England with her extended family on a small farm. They reared their own meat, grew all their own fruit and vegetables, baked fresh bread and made their own yoghurt. Philippa now writes for various magazines, books and websites including BBC Food, House & Garden, The Field magazine and Deepest Books.

Maria Elia

Maria Elia


Maria has appeared on numerous television programmes, including Saturday Kitchen, Market Kitchen and the Sunday Brunch. Maria has also contributed to a wide variety of publications from the Guardian to BBC Good Food, Waitrose, Red, Delicious and Olive Magazines and has been hailed by The Independent as one of 10 Female Chefs to watch.

Chris Martin


Chris is a Chef Lecturer at Suffolk New College.