Dorset businessman and founder of Olives Et Al, Giles Henschel, will chair the question and answer session at this year’s Feast of Dorset Food Festival (17-18 September) in Wimborne, Dorset.
At 12pm on 18 September, Henschel will preside over a panel of top chefs, including the Telegraph’s Rose Prince, Bib Gourmand-accredited Matt Davey, Tamasin Day-Lewis, Fran Warde and Andy Kelly.
In 1993, after 10 years in the army, Henschel set up Olives Et Al, which currently employs 51 people and supplies over 2,500 outlets.
Henschel replaces Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes, who has had to pull out of the Festival to attend the Emmy’s in New York.
Feast of Dorset organiser Anna Wallis said: “We are delighted to welcome Giles Henschel to host our Q & A session this year and are certain that he will be warmly received by both our chefs and audience alike. We wish Julian Fellowes all the best and have our fingers crossed that he brings home an Emmy or 14.”
Now into its third year, the festival will cover the 14 acre grounds of Deans Court with over 100 food and artisan stalls. This year’s attractions include beekeeping, archery, falconry, tours of the kitchen and herb gardens, Chinese tea ceremonies, chocolate making, cheese marquee, pit roast, the Garden Room restaurant, traditional English teas and many more. More information is available at www.feastofdorset.co.uk