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.

David Grimwood

David Grimwood


David owns and runs The Froize in Chillesford, Suffolk. David is a true master of country cooking and will be demo-ing his much loved cooking style at 10am.

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 a private chef and food writer who champions exceptional British produce. She writes for BBCfood, The Field Magazine, The Deepest Book series and House and Garden.

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.

george pell

George Pell


George is the Director of The Suffolk, a seafront restaurant with rooms, celebrating the produce and surrounding beauty of the unspoilt East Coast. Also the Director of L’Escargot in London, George is an experienced restaurateur and food guru.

Mike Warner

Mike Warner


After a day’s compering, Mike will deliver a cookery demo using some of the incredible seafood he catches and sells at his shop, A Passion for Seafood.