This year, Taste of Christmas, the stylish foodie event of the festive season, has tempted some of the capital’s biggest culinary stars away from their restaurants at the busiest time of year with the promise of a winter wonderland of delicious Christmas food, drink and shopping.

Taste of Christmas, the wintertime sibling of summer’s blockbuster, Taste of London, is a truly Christmassy show of the season. It returns to ExCel this December 4-6, 2009 with a great gastronomic line-up.

This year there will be more restaurants, meaning more signature dishes (in tasting-size portions costing between £3-6) for visitors to sample as they wind their way around the show on a culinary tour of their choosing. There will be opportunities to peek behind the scenes of the UK’s hottest kitchens as the attending chefs reveal their best-kept culinary secrets at the Waitrose Cookery School in Association with Philips and introduce us to some of their favourite gourmet food suppliers.

Heston Blumenthal will be joining Taste of Christmas on Sunday 6th December and other guest chefs are expected to appear at the event over its three days.

Confirmed attendees who are bringing their culinary flair to this year’s show include:

Alan Jones, Almeida Restaurant, Islington

Atul Kochhar, Benares, Mayfair

Richard Corrigan, Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, Mayfair

Pascal Aussignac, Club Gascon, Smithfield

Riccardo de Pra, Dolada, Mayfair

Bjorn Vander Horst, Eastside Inn, Farringdon

Franceso Mazzei, L’Anima, Liverpool Street

Anna Hansen, Modern Pantry, Farringdon

Lawrence Keogh, Roast, Borough Market

Robin Gill, Sauterelle, City of London

Chris Dines, St Pancras Grand, King’s Cross

Bubker Belkit, Sumosan, Mayfair

Alfred Prasad, Tamarind, Mayfair

Ravi Deulekar, Trishna, Marylebone

Tickets for Taste of Christmas in partnership with Waitrose 2009 are now on sale at

Tickets cost from £19 in advance or £22 on the door. There is a £35 ticket (which includes £20 worth of crowns, the Taste currency). Also available is the Taste VIP ticket at £50, which includes fast track entry to the event, access to the VIP enclosure, complimentary glass of Laurent Perrier and £20 worth of crowns.