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CHARISMATIC COOKING: Masterchef semi-finalist Stacie Stewart will be championing pies and puddings made with local ingredients at this year's Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival

CHARISMATIC COOKING: Masterchef semi-finalist Stacie Stewart will be championing pies and puddings made with local ingredients at this year's Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival

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A SEMI-FINALIST from television’s Masterchef will be among the participants in this autumn’s Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival.

Stacie Stewart, who took part in the programme last year and now owns a bakery, will display her culinary expertise at the festival on Saturday, September 24.

She said: ‘I’ve not been to the island before so I’m really looking forward to the trip and to cooking with local produce.

‘I’m passionate about the value and pleasure of using local ingredients and I look forward to creating something special for festival goers to taste.’

A champion of cakes, puddings and pies she aims to use as much of the local produce on offer as possible with no added preservatives.

During her visit she will also judge the finals of the I Love Manx Family Cook Competition and enjoy a walk around the festival, meeting exhibitors and visitors.

Venturing outside the gastronomic sphere, she also plans a trip round the TT course on her 1968 Lambretta scooter.

Traditional down-to-earth cooking with flair and attitude are expected to be the flavours of the day.

Since taking part in the Masterchef series Stacie has been in demand for cooking exhibitions as diverse as Ideal Home, BBC Good Food and Masterchef Live.

Among the others taking part in the festival will be celebrity chef James Martin who will be at the event on Sunday, September 25.

The third Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival takes place at the Nunnery on the outskirts of Douglas on September 24 and 25.

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