Back in 2010, Jon founded the Grillstock festival, a rip-roaring celebration of BBQ, music and drink that attracted over 20,000 visitors over the course of a weekend. In subsequent years he produced 12 Festivals under the brand, the largest being in East London bringing in 35,000 visitors. The brand also grew into a chain of 5 BBQ Smokehouses around the country of the same name. Jon has also worked on a number of other festivals including producing the ‘Live Fire’ cooking stage at the multi-award winning Black Deer Festival and co-producing Chalfest and the all new Stroud Festival of Food and Drink. Jon is now the co-owner Quay Street Diner in Bristol, a buzzing, vibrant restaurant with a menu offering diner classics from burgers and po-boys through to authentic tacos and lots of exciting veggie and vegan options. He’s is a Weber BBQ chef, giving masterclasses all over the country and also a chef for Delivita Wood Fired Ovens. More recently Jon has launched a series of ‘fire and feast’ experience days at The Belmont Estate in Bristol. Jon is the author of three cookery books including best seller, Grillstock, The BBQ Book. In addition to the cookbooks, Jon has also written articles on BBQ for major national publications including Olive Mag, The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Metro, The Guardian, BBC Good Food, Shortlist and he was also featured in an FT article all about making homebrew cool. This continues on with Jon having written a piece including recipes on live fire cooking for The Times just last week. Jon was featured on the only UK episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri as well as appearing on Sunday Brunch, The One Show, This Morning and BBC Good Food Show. Jon is currently writing his fourth cookbook, "The Wood Fired Feast", published by GMC and due out March 2022.
Live fire cooking - BBQ, fire-pits, wood ovens, smokers etc.
English with a smattering of Spanish, French, German and Italian.
Regular cookery classes: Wood oven classes for Delivita, Grilmaster and Project Manager for Weber UK Live Fire classes for The Belmont Estate. I'm a regular contributor to The BBQ Mag and run my restaurant in Bristol on a day to day basis. I also curate and compere the 'Live Fire' cookery stage at the annual Black Deer Festival.
Quay Street Diner in Bristol Quay Street Cantina food truck at The Wave in Bristol