GORDO'S big mate, TV chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine, is the star attraction at this year's Liverpool Food and Drink Festival.

The Holly Go-lightly lookalike (try saying that after a few Sailor Jerrys) will be serving an all-day Breakfast at Tiffany's when she joins more than 160 Merseyside chefs and producers at the open-air feast at Sefton Park in September. She will be demonstrating recipes from her new book, Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts. 

Denise Harris, Event Director of Liverpool Food & Drink Festival, says she is delighted that the Cook Yourself Thin and Cookery Schoo’ star - renowned for her trademark sixties beehive - will be bringing some style to this year’s festival. 

Not that there's anything wrong with a foul mouthed sausage-handed bloke going a demo under your awning or anything.

She said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Gizzi Erskine to this year’s Liverpool Food & Drink Festival. I am confident that her refreshing style will be a big hit at our annual celebration of the city’s thriving food and drink scene."

Gizzi Erskine, who trained at Leith’s School of Food and Wine, added: “I’ve heard great things about Liverpool Food & Drink Festival so I’m really excited about coming to experience the event for myself.

 “I love the idea that so many local chefs come together to put on a feast in the middle of a park, and with all the demos and master classes going on as well, it promises to be a fantastic weekend.” 

The launch weekend (Sept 7-8) will also include a beer festival, a champagne bar and music from local bands. Add themed areas, such as the ‘heavenly chocolate garden’, there will be plenty for budding young foodies to enjoy, with a dedicated interactive children’s zone with a Junior Chefs’ Academy. 

Festivities are set to continue for the rest of the week (7-15 September) with a programme of food and drink events at bars, cafes, restaurants and arts venues across the city. 

Tickets start from £5 online and entry is free for children (under 14).