As keynote speaker at the conference, which takes place on 9 and 10 June 2015 at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, Warner will talk about his background, how food became a major part of his life, how to integrate seasonal foods into menu planning and why the quality of food should really matter to anyone operating or thinking of developing a garden centre catering outlet.
The two-day conference, which includes a conference dinner and exhibition, will take place in both conference and workshop format with time for networking, with the conference exhibition providing an opportunity to meet with catering product suppliers.
Warner believes that a real understanding of excellent ingredients, producers and the natural history of food contributes as much to the plate as the cooking.
His first hit series What to Eat Now (BBC Two) on the best food that autumn has to offer was closely followed by a second series focusing on summer. He presented Valentine Warner: Coast to Coast (Good Food), in which he travelled the country fishing and cooking his catch, as well as Ration Book Britain (Yesterday) and Valentine Warner Eats The Sixties (Yesterday).
Warner has been a chef for Great British Food Revival (BBC Two), Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh (ITV 1), Country Show Cook Off (BBC Two), Perfect… (Good Food) and My Kitchen (Good Food). Recently Valentine presented Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia (Good Food) and two series called Hook It Cook It and Valentine Warner’s Wild Table: Canada (Fox).
He has written two best-selling books accompanying What to Eat Now. These were followed by The Good Table: Adventures In and Around My Kitchen and his most recent book What to Eat Next, published in 2014.