May 18, 2024
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Kilkenny’s FoodieFest May Bank Holiday weekend fast approaching

Seven contestants from the hit BBC show MasterChef are joining up with a  local award-winning nutrition company for a unique new food festival this summer. The talented chefs will host a series of masterclasses featuring a mouth-watering array of food types and cooking styles over the course of the two-day celebration of food for the mind, body and soul.

(MasterChef Nick Rapson)

Aside from the culinary masterclasses in everything from Italian-style cooking, family-friendly meals and perfecting the art of the summer BBQ, food lovers will get the opportunity to attend workshops on how to grow their own produce, as well as specialised classes in Pilates, fitness and healthy nutrition treats for the kids and family. FoodieFest co-founder Laura Warren of the multi-award-winning Elite Living Nutrition will also provide her own expert insights into healthy eating planning for all the familyDr Ann-Marie Eustace Ryan

(MasterChef Matthew Samuels)

Dozens of food trucks – including street food, gourmet coffee and award-winning pastries – will be cooking up their own special creations, providing an exquisite array of culinary delights for festival goers. And the entire event will be captured by the talented Australian-based cameraman, Tony Marinceski, a veteran of several international food festivals, including the BBC’s Good Food Show.  

(MasterChef Forest Kwok)

The two-day event will take place in the spectacular surrounds of Mountain View in Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny, On the Saturday night, Mountain View will host ‘Dinner with the MasterChefs’ – overseen by Mountain View’s executive chef – where three Michelin-star experienced MasterChefs from the popular show will serve up a special four-course menu to guests. The evening will start with a drinks’ reception, followed by dinner and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the talented chefs.

(Photo:  Mountain View Markets)


Founder of  Laura Warren

Laura Warren of Elite Living Nutrition added: ‘An incredibly talented and diverse groups of chefs, food and lifestyle experts have joined together to make this a truly special occasion that will have something for all food lovers, and anyone interested in transforming their lives through the power of healthy eating.’

Special ‘early-bird’ tickets for cost only €49 for a single day and can be bought online for a limited period at

Tickets for the special ‘Dinner with the MasterChefs’ cost €95, with a complimentary glass on prosecco on arrival, also at

FoodieFest 2024: The Lineup below and full schedule

Cookery masterclasses:
1. ‘Fakeaway’ cooking, with MasterChef’s Michelle Moles
2. Salads and dressing, with MasterChef’s Thuy Hoang.
3. Family-friendly and midweek meals, with MasterChef’s Olayemi Adelekan
4. Recycling your food, with MasterChef’s Nick Rapson
5. Seasonal cooking, with MasterChef’s Forest Kwok
6. Summer BBQ, with MasterChef’s Matthew Samuels

8. Italian Cooking with MasterChef’s Jonathan Henry (AKA The Plastic Italian)

Other masterclasses include …
Healthy treats for all the family, with Laura Warren (Elite Living Nutrition).
The power of juicing, with Alannah Sheehan (WorthFighting4).
Growing your own organic food, with Colman Power (The Power of Organic Fitness)
The power of Pilates and yoga, with Cara McGrath (Cara McGrath Pilates and Yoga)
Self-love and energy healing, with Karen Whelan (Women Gone Wild)
Smart skin care, with Dr Steve Karagiannis (

About Elite Living Nutrition:
Elite Living Nutrition is a multi-award-winning company founded by Laura Warren, who advocates a holistic approach to healthy eating and weight loss. She works with a diverse array of clients, of all ages and body types, and devises unique programmes with a proven track record which are tailored for people’s unique needs and tastes. Ms Warren is a naturopathic nutritionist who rejects all forms of yo-yo-dieting and instead advocates an education and science-based approach to sustainable nutrition.


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