Masterchef Professional Monica Launches Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival returns this weekend and was opened this evening by MasterChef: The Professionals presenter, Monica Galetti with an exclusive sneak-peek of her brand new book, The Skills, due for release on October 6.

The first event of the Festival, Monica was in conversation with William Sitwell, speaking to a 300 strong room at the historic Abergavenny Borough Theatre.

Renowned food writer, William had the chance to talk to Monica about her second cookbook, The Skills, and discover the inspiration behind it.

Monica Galetti said: “I’m honoured to be opening the Abergavenny Food Festival. Wales is home to some amazing producers and this Festival is a fantastic opportunity for anyone in the business to get to know new and talented friends.”

Tomorrow will see the event open fully featuring acclaimed Spanish Chef José Pizarro as the must see event of the day. “I love to come to Abergavenny,” said Pizarro, “it is like my second home. A paradise for food and great place to see old friends.”

Heather Myers, Chief Executive of the Festival said: “We were absolutely delighted to have Monica join us to open our Festival and share her stories with us, giving us a little insight into her work and passions.

“As we expected, her talk was a huge success and the perfect way to kick off this year’s incredible, international line-up. We can’t wait for the full programme to kick off tomorrow and to welcome new and old faces in their thousands.”

  • Tickets for the Festival which runs until Sunday, September 18 can be bought on the door and there are a limited number of masterclass and special event tickets available to purchase from the Festival Box Office. For the full line-up, Festival maps and all the essential information, visit