World class chefs arriving in Aberdeen as Signature fine dining festival launches at The Chester Hotel

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A fine dining festival which has put Aberdeen on the radar of gourmands across the country – and raised over £350,000 for charity – has returned to the north east.

Signature at The Chester Hotel brought a host of world-class chefs to the Granite City, as well as comedian Jason Manford.

Signature, which is now in its third year, will run until November 15 and will feature chefs who between them hold a collective six Michelin stars, 19 AA Rosettes and three wins on The Great British Menu.


Glynn Purnell – a favourite on cookery shows including Saturday Kitchen and My Kitchen Rules – is also appearing, along with Martin Wishart.

Both have previously taken part in the event, along with seafood specialist Roy Brett and Chez Roux consultant chef Brian Grigor, who host dinners later in the festival.

Phil Howard and Daniel Clifford, who are now both mentors on The Great British Menu, will be appearing at Signature for the first time. While Howard is known for his modern French style of cooking, Clifford’s approach is to reinvent classic British dishes in an imaginative way.

Graham Wood, owner of The Chester Hotel, is the mastermind behind Signature. He said, “Signature has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the foodie calendar, which is underlined by the fact that most dinners were sold out hours after going on sale. We’re all very much looking forward to another memorable festival.

“A charity auction will take place during Signature, which is expected to add a significant amount to the total already raised for good causes. This year, funds will go towards Friends of the Neonatal Unit in Aberdeen and The Parkinson’s Cure Trust. Guest chef Martin Wishart will be setting out on a 3,500-mile Atlantic sailing challenge in aid of the charity just days after his Signature appearance.”

For more information about Signature, visit www.signaturefoodfestival.co.uk 

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