Chefs at the Great Yorkshire Show 2024

Top chefs from across the region will be in action in both the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre (in the Food Hall) and the Game Cookery Theatre (Eighth Avenue) throughout the Show.

A full timetable for both cookery theatres will be available in the Souvenir Programme which is available to order in advance and purchase at the Show.

Find out more details about the chefs for 2024:

Adam Jackson – Head Chef, The Old Deanery, Ripon

Renowned chef Adam Jackson took the helm at The Old Deanery in winter 2023 offering an exclusive and immersive dining experience as you move through the building as you dine. Chef Adam brings with him a buzz of excitement, having a collection of awards and accreditations to his name and a list of some top restaurants on his CV, including as head chef the Black Swan at Oldstead where he helped win its first Michelin star in 2012.

Adam will be cooking at 12 noon in the Game Cookery Theatre and in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 2pm on Wednesday 10 July 2024.

Ahmed Abdalla – Head Chef, Legacy at The Grand, York

Ahmed heads up the kitchen brigade at The Grand, York’s fine dining restaurant, Legacy. Following its opening in autumn 2022, Ahmed has already led the restaurant to being featured in the Daly Telegraph’s ‘14 best restaurants in York’ list and been recognised by Michelin as one of their favourite dining destinations. Ahmed has previously worked at Skosh, York, Yorebridge House in the Yorkshire Dales and completed stages at the Michelin-starred Restaurant Hywel Jones at Lucknam Park, Bath and Whatley Manor.

Ahmed will be cooking alongside Kevin Bonello in the Game Cookery Theatre at 1pm and the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 3pm on Friday 12 July.

Andrew Dixon – Leeds College

Andrew’s career spans more than 30 years, working in some of the UK’s most prestigious country house hotels and restaurants, and running his own award-winning 3 AA Rosette restaurant with rooms for just short of 20 years. Most recently he was head chef tutor at the Nick Nairn cookery school in Scotland, then at The Grand Hotel’s cookery school in York, before joining the chef tutor team at Leeds College.

Andrew will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 9am on Friday 12 July.

Alice Falkingham – Chef Owner, Homegrown Hospitality, Wetherby

Alice runs outdoor catering company Homegrown Hospitality with her partner Martin and soon, their daughter Dot. Now in its 12th year the roots of Homegrown began on the family farm where Alice grew up and it’s evident throughout their menus and ethos. Alice believes that growing up and eating the food being grown around you daily gives an instinctive respect for ingredients and how to use them.

Alice will be cooking at 1pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July.

Andrew Pern – Chef Patron, The Star Inn at Harome

Born on a small farm near Whitby, Andrew began cooking at a young age when his mother became ill. He was just 25 when he took over the 14th century Star Inn at Harome at the foot of the North York Moors back in 1996, and he is now one of the best-known chefs in Yorkshire as well as much further afield. His beloved Michelin-starred gastro pub suffered a devastating fire in 2021 but it returned a year later even better than before.

Andrew will be cooking at 12 noon in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre and in the Game Cookery Theatre at 2pm on Wednesday 10 July.

Ashley & Kelly McCarthy – Fairfax Distillery and Chocolatiers, Colton near Tadcaster

A family-run business making delicious craft gin and rum in an assortment of varieties and flavours, all distilled in the heart of Yorkshire. This talented husband and wife team try and source ingredients locally, or grow it themselves, including elderflower from their garden along with the rhubarb that they use in their ‘pink’ gin, and quince coming from Bolton Percy just a village away.

Ashley and Kelly will be mixing and making in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 10am on Tuesday 9 July.

Brayden Davies – Head Chef, The Box Tree, Ilkley

Antipodean Brayden took the reins of this internationally renowned restaurant earlier this year and brings influences from his Australian roots including finger limes, macadamia nuts and seasonal truffles, as well as focus on locally foraged ingredients. He brings 6 years’ experience working in four Michelin-starred restaurants – most recently as the right-hand man to Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall and prior to that at Raby Hunt, Northcote Manor, and the Angel at Hetton.

Brayden will be cooking at 12 noon in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July.

Callum Bowmer – Head Chef, Horto, Rudding Park

Callum joined Rudding Park in 2010 for a couple of weeks’ work experience and has been there ever since. His potential was soon spotted, and he was offered an apprenticeship in the hotel’s conference and banqueting kitchen. He has never looked back. As a Rudding Park ‘Rising Star’ Callum has journeyed from apprentice to head chef of the 3 AA Rosettes Horto Restaurant. He was most recently crowned Chef of the Year at the Harrogate Hospitality and Tourism Awards 2022

Callum will be cooking at 12 noon in the Game Cookery Theatre and in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 2pm on Friday 12 July.

Charlie Lowe – Owner, HG1 Bakes, Harrogate

Charlie is a Harrogate baker specialising in piped buttercream cakes. Her bespoke occasion cakes, cupcakes and brownies are the perfect combination of beautiful and delicious. Her interest in baking began when she was a chalet girl in France and developed into baking for friends and family when she returned home, starting her business in 2018. When the pandemic hit Charlie started baking brownie boxes for people in lockdown, and their popularity meant she was able to bake full time.

Charlie will be icing cakes at 4pm in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Thursday 11 July.

Craig Roberts – Head Butcher, Farmer Copley’s farm shop, near Pontefract

Craig Roberts is the Head Butcher at Farmer Copley’s, a role he has been in for the past four years, with over 24 years’ experience in the industry. Craig’s passion for the finest Yorkshire meat is evident and his innovation of products, knowledge and pride in his work was a major factor in Farmer Copley’s being awarded the FRA Large Farm Shop of the Year 2024.

Craig will be cooking with Farmer Copley’s owner Heather Copley at 10am on Tuesday, 9 July.

Chris O’Callaghan – Head Chef, Aldwark Manor Estate, near Boroughbridge

Chris has an impressive background in hospitality, having joined Aldwark Manor from Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel in the Lake District. He has had similar roles in Yorkshire with the Chatsworth and Devonshire Group at Bolton Abbey, and Goldsborough Hall at Knaresborough. He has also worked at a string of other renowned restaurants including Gravetye Manor in Sussex, L’Ortolan in Berkshire, The Ledbury in London, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, and Midsummer House, Cambridge.

Chris will be cooking at 11am in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Thursday 11 July.

Chris Taylor – Group Chef and Development Manager, The Inn Collection Group

Chris started his career with The Inn Collection Group as a chef de partie, before working his way through the culinary ranks to his current role. He has played a pivotal part in developing what it means to be a chef for the group, working tirelessly to find the next culinary stars with his butchery and cooking demonstrations and creating seasonal menus that elevate the group’s position as a destination choice for top quality pub grub.

Chris will be cooking at 11am in the Game Cookery Theatre and in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 3pm on Wednesday 10 July.

Emma Lawson – Leeds College

Emma has worked at some of the north’s finest restaurants and hotels, including The Devonshire Arms and Northcote Manor, where she took her first more senior role as chef tutor. She has won many accolades, including lockdown pastry chef of the year, silver and gold medals at Cake International and most recently taking silver in the Lecturers’ Challenge at International Salon Culinaire. She specialises in patisserie at Leeds College, helping young students through competitions, work placements and apprenticeships.

Emma will be cooking at 9am in the Game Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 10 July.

Gilly Robinson – Chef Director, The Cook’s Place, Malton

Gilly has been cooking all her life. Highlights include working with Rosemary Shrager at Swinton Park cookery school and launching Malton Cookery School as a ‘pop up’ during the town’s food festival in 2013. It became a permanent fixture in the town, and she took it over from the Fitzwilliam Estate, rebranding it as The Cook’s Place. It’s more than a cookery school but is a place to meet, learn, enjoy supper clubs, and take part in food-themed events.

Gilly will be cooking at 3pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Friday 12 July.

Greg Lewis – Development Chef, Sykes House Fam, Wetherby

New Zealand-born Greg is helping the Sykes House team expand its range and creating recipes for new products. He also advises customers on menu development using the Sykes House range. He’s cooked for athletes at the Sydney Olympic Games and after moving to the UK worked under Jeff Baker at Pool Court in Leeds, which was England’s only inner-city Michelin-starred restaurant outside London at the time.

Greg will be cooking at 3pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Thursday 11 July.

Heather Copley – Co-owner, Farmer Copley’s Farm Shop, near Pontefract

Heather owns Farmer Copley’s alongside husband Robert. With their desire for amazing food, fantastic local produce and a warm welcome, Farmer Copley’s has through its farm shop and Moo Café, how Britain and especially Yorkshire competes with the best the culinary world has to offer. Heather has transformed the farm shop into one of the best in the UK winning multiple awards, most recently the Farm Retail Association’s Large Farm Shop of the Year 2024.

Heather will be cooking at 10am in the Game Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July.

Hywel Morgan – Castmaster & Fisherman 

Welshman Hywel is a world-renowned expert in casting and fishing, having won numerous awards during his career, beginning with every prize going in the Country Landowners’ Association Game Fair for three years in succession – all before the age of 16! He will be appearing with a different chef each day to show different takes on cooking trout while imparting nuggets of his vast fishing knowledge.

Hywel will be appearing with a chef each day at 4pm in the Game Cookery Theatre.

Iain Wilkinson – Head Chef, Storehouse Kitchen, Ripon

Iain has recently taken the helm at Storehouse Kitchen in Ripon, known for its relaxed approach to brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails. He has previously worked across York, Newcastle and Edinburgh and is known for his innovative, creative style and ability to make an underdog ingredient sing.

Iain will be cooking at 4pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July.

Jake Jones – Head Chef, Forge at Middleton Lodge Estate, near Richmond

Raised in York, Jake was made the Michelin Young Chef of the Year in this year’s awards, which also saw Middleton Lodge gaining a Michelin Green Star – only the second in Yorkshire to do so. Jake draws on experience from farm-to-table restaurants, creating the Forge dining experience with an ‘estate-to-plate’ ethos. The estate spans 200 acres of park and woodland with an extensive two-acre kitchen garden, with Jake also working with local producers to source the best ingredients.

Jake will be cooking at 12 noon in the Game Cookery Theatre and in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 2pm on Tuesday 9 July.

James Key – Head Chef, The New Inn, Eccup, Leeds

James’ guiding principle throughout his career has been a simple, but passionate, love of food and the nurturing of the skills needed to turn ingredients into dishes that genuinely delight. His enthusiasm and expertise has won him many accolades, as well as TV work, but more importantly for him, a respected reputation throughout the industry.

James will be cooking at 10am in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 10am on Wednesday 10 July.

Jenny McNeill – Head Chef, Ginger Jar Event Dining and Catering, Ilkley

Jenny McNeill was raised in Ilkley and after a gap of 25 years away cooking in London and France is now back living and working in Yorkshire. Jenny is a food designer, chef consultant and caterer. Early in her career she worked in restaurants such as The Fat Duck and Tate Modern Restaurant before focusing on building outside catering company Ginger Jar Food and immersive dining company Flavourology.

Jenny will be cooking at 10am in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre and in the Game Cookery Theatre at 2pm on Friday 12 July.

Joe Lofthouse – Head of Edibles, RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Joe is the Head of Edibles at RHS Harlow Carr, in charge of the kitchen garden team. He began his career in the Swinton Park kitchen garden where he first met Gilly Robinson who worked with chef Rosemary Shrager in the Swinton cookery school. Joe and Gilly travel far and wide with a few kitchen knives and a veg basket, with him providing that day’s freshly picked vegetables for her to cook in demos across Yorkshire.

Joe will be appearing with Gilly Robinson at 3pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Friday 12 July

John Rudden – Chef Owner, Grassington House Hotel, Yorkshire Dales

Skipton-born John worked in a wealth of hotels, pubs, and restaurants throughout the north of England before he returned to his Yorkshire Dales roots and fell in love with the Georgian Grassington House in the heart of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ country in 2008. During his time in the north-west he won chef of the year three times and numerous other accolades.

John will be cooking at 1pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 10 July.

Jon Appleby – Head Chef, The Feversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley

Jon has brought his true love of local and sustainable food to the Feversham Arms Hotel in Helmsley, where he has been at the helm for nearly three years. His aim is to showcase the best local producers and growers on his menu – seasonal and fresh Yorkshire produce at its best. Jon is classically French trained but his passion for British food is echoed throughout his menus.

Jon will be cooking at 10am in the Game Cookery Theatre and in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 1pm on Friday 12 July.

Jonny Purnell – Blossom Kitchen Head Chef, Coniston Hotel and Spa, near Skipton

Born and raised on the Coniston estate, Jonny started his career in the industry under the watchful eye of Steph Moon. A great mentor and role model to Jonny, she inspired him to experiment and use fresh produce, creating dishes from estate to plate. Game is a particular favourite of Jonny’s, and he has passionately created many inspiring dishes at The Coniston over the years.

Jonny will be cooking at 4pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 10 July.

Joshua Brimmell – Executive Chef, York Minster Refectory and The Star Inn the City, York

Josh started his career 17 years ago, working with Andrew Pern at The Star Inn at Harome as chef de partie, working his way up to sous chef within a year. He also worked as head chef at the 3 AA Rosette Minster Mill in the Cotswolds gaining a Michelin recommendation before returning north to take up the role of executive chef at York’s The Star Inn the City with the York Minster Refectory now added to his portfolio.

Joshua will be cooking alongside Andrew Pern at 2pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 10 July.

Kevin Bonello – Executive Head Chef, The Grand, York

Before joining The Grand Kevin was the culinary director of the Michelin-starred restaurant De Mondion in Mdina, Malta. Kevin started his career as an apprentice chef at Ristorante Cosmana Navarra in Rabat, Malta as well as being a trainee at the Berkeley Hotel, London

Kevin will be cooking alongside Ahmed Abdalla at 1pm in the Game Cookery Theatre and in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 3pm on Friday 12 July.

Kurtus Auty – Executive Chef, Bosun’s Restaurant, Bishopthorpe, York

Former Selby College catering student Kurtus returned to his roots earlier this year to take the helm at Bosun’s after working in high-end restaurants around the world. He was latterly at The Cliff, the premier dining destination in Barbados, and began his career at Gordon Ramsey’s Maze restaurant in Mayfair before joining Ramsey’s Michelin-starred Pétrus in the capital He has also worked at Le Pressoir d’Argent in Bordeaux and appeared on BBC’s MasterChef The Professionals.

Kurtus will be cooking at 10am in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre and in the Game Cookery Theatre at 12 noon on Thursday 11 July.

Kyle Linley – Head Butcher, Leeds College

Kyle is a 4th generation retail butcher starting in his grandad’s shop at the age of 10. During his career Kyle has run and managed several award-winning retail shops in Yorkshire, as well as being technical manager for Holme Farm Venison, producing and providing for royal estates. He has grown into one of the leading apprentice butcher training provider assessors in the UK.

Kyle will be cooking at 9am in the Game Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July.

Lionel Strub – Chef Patron, The Clarendon, Hebden, near Grassington

Born in France and classically trained, Lionel has been in England for 30 years, winning many accolades along the way. In 2023 he won the best game chef of the year, with The Clarendon being voted the best UK game pub. He has previously been a professional chef of the year and a semi-finalist in the national chef of the year competition two years running. Lionel is also an acclaimed author, having written two books about his culinary experiences.

Lionel will be cooking at 11am in the Game Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July

Lisa Bennison – Cookery School Manager, Bettys of Harrogate

Lisa joined Bettys in 1986 on a college placement and has been a culinary stalwart at the heart of the family-run business ever since. She was a tutor at the award-winning Bettys cookery school for more than 20 years before taking the helm as its manager. Her cooking philosophy is one of simplicity as she believes good quality ingredients should speak for themselves.

Lisa will be cooking at 1pm in the Game Cookery Theatre and in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 3pm on Thursday 11 July.

Luke French – Chef Patron, Jöro, Sheffield

Luke began his career as a potwash aged 14 in Cambridgeshire where he grew up. He then cooked for thousands of students each day at the university before heading to Alimentum in Cambridge and then the two-Michelin-starred Midsummer House in the city. He has also cooked at The Fat Duck in Bray and had his culinary epiphany while travelling round Asia before returning to the UK to work at The Milestone gastro pub in Sheffield. He opened Jöro in 2016

Luke will be cooking at 3pm in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July

Matt Hunter – Private Chef, Constable Burton Hall and CBH Events

Matt has more than 20 years’ experience in outside catering, restaurants, and hotels. His current role involves taking care of the hospitality needs of the beautiful Grade 1 Listed building’s owners, their friends and family or international guests visiting for shooting parties. He recently launched Cedars Bespoke Hospitality taking private dining experiences into people’s homes and gardens.

Matt will cooking at 2pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July.

Mehdi Boukemach – Head Chef, Fodder Farm Shop & Cafe, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

Mehdi is from a village near Toulouse in France where he grew up. With Algerian roots, his mum would make traditional dishes with lamb, spice, tagine & couscous – a style which Mehdi brought to Fodder. Mehdi has worked across Europe including Denmark, the Czech Republic and Italy where he cooked for world leaders at the G8 summit in Genoa. He joined Fodder in 2009 and his wholesome cooking, using fresh Yorkshire produce is what café customers have come to know and love.

Medhi will be cooking at 4pm in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 10 July.

Mike Baldwin – Group Chef, Provenance Inns, North Yorkshire

Mike has been in the industry for 17 years and worked in a variety of establishments in North Yorkshire, from a 50-bedroom town centre hotel to small bars, cafés, and country pubs. He was also assistant catering manager for a famous Yorkshire tearoom and has worked in AA rosette restaurants. In his current role with Provenance, he takes pride in being able to help develop people’s skills and knowledge to progress their careers and grow within the company.

Mike will be cooking at 3pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July.

Minal Patel – Head Chef, Prashad, Drighlington, near Leeds

Minal is the head chef at the award winning vegetarian Indian restaurant while husband Bobby looks after front of house. Minal was born in Gujarat and came to England in 2004 marrying Bobby, whose mother Kaushy started the restaurant. From an early age it was clear Minal would cook for a living as she and her friends would play at running a hotel and she would always be the head chef.

Minal will be cooking at 11am in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July.

Nathan Richardson-Kelly – Executive Head Chef, Castle Howard, near Malton

Ripponden-born and raised, Nathan was promoted to Executive Head Chef at Castle Howard earlier this year. He trained at The Star Inn at Harome under Andrew Pern, and at Mannion & Co in York with owner Andrew Burton who also worked at The Star. Nathan lives with his wife Holly in Helmsley.

Nathan will be cooking at 4pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Thursday 11 July.

Neil Bentinck – Chef Owner, Skosh, York

Neil’s culinary inspiration comes from his father who was born and raised in India, and his travels in
Australia and Asia which is where he cemented his passion for eclectic Asian flavours. His award-winning restaurant specialises in ‘small plates’ celebrating world cuisine using local produce, quickly gaining a national reputation for his ‘playful’ approach to cooking.

Neil will be cooking at 11am in the Game Cookery Theatre and in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 1pm on Thursday 11 July

Olayemi Adelekan – Chef Owner, Yummy By Design, Harrogate

Olayemi – or Yemi to all who know her – is an author, blogger and coach as well as being a foodie at heart. In 2022 she reached the final six in BBC’s MasterChef showcasing her food and culture. She loves fusion food and spices and writes about her culinary experiences for Stray Ferret, an online news site covering much of North Yorkshire.

Yemi will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre at 4pm on Friday 12 July.

Owen Diaram – Private Chef, Cook with Owen, Harrogate

Owen was a quarter finalist in BBC MasterChef UK 2023 where presenters John Torode described him as a ‘flavour master’ and Gregg Wallace said his food was ‘beautifully’ cooked. Owen uses the freshest ingredients and combines exciting local produce with spices and herbs from his South African and Indian heritage.

Owen will be cooking at 4pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Friday 12 July.

Peter Neville – Chef Owner, The Homestead Kitchen, Goathland

Peter has been a chef for more than 20 years, working for two Michelin-starred restaurants – The Star Inn at Harome and the world-renowned Hibiscus in London under chef Claude Bosi. For 12 years he was head chef and co-owner of The Pheasant Hotel in Harome before he and his wife Cecily set up The Homestead Kitchen restaurant with accommodation in her home village of Goathland where they now live with their two young sons.

Peter will be cooking at 1pm in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July

Richard Allen – Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team (NEET), Shipley

NEET is based at Northcliffe Nurseries founded and built by people with learning disabilities. Together with the rest of the team, Richard provides provide practical learning opportunities in a real working environment running tutor-led sessions in a variety of activities including cookery – Richard’s forte – woodworking, horticulture, and arts and crafts.

Richard and the NEET team will be cooking at 11am in the Game Cookery Theatre on Friday 12 July.

Robert Ramsden – Marketing Director and Chef, Delifresh, Bradford

Robert is passionate about food and nowhere is it more apparent than when he takes to the cookery demonstration stage. He is an experienced specialist with a history of working in the food and beverages industry, skilled in catering, food design and menu development. His mantra is connecting all things people, food and innovation together.

Robert is cooking at 12 noon in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre and in the Game Cookery Theatre at 2pm on Thursday 11 July.

Saint Aidan’s School – Harrogate

Year 8 and 10 students ably abetted by DJ Nick Hancock of Your Harrogate Radio station will cook pizza dishes featuring toppings of smoked game and seasonal accompaniments, followed by a selection of desserts

St Aidan’s School pupils will be cooking at 10am in the Game Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 10 July.

Samira Effa – Head Chef, Bar and Restaurant EightyEight, Grantley Hall, near Ripon

Huddersfield-born Samira started her career at a local restaurant while still at school, where she developed her love of rich flavours thanks to her Iranian mother and Nigerian father. Since then, she has gained a wealth of experience all over the country in various Michelin-starred restaurants including 21212 in Edinburgh, Alimentum in Cambridge and Bohemia in Jersey. She has also competed in several series’ of TV’s Great British Menu, including the latest series broadcast earlier this year.

Samira will be cooking at 2pm in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Thursday 11 July.

Stefan Rose – Executive Pastry Chef, Grantley Hall, near Ripon

Stefan Rose is one of the country’s best pastry chefs and for the past five years has been striving to create a truly five-star patisserie experience across Grantley Hall’s showcase restaurants, using the finest ingredients and techniques with his team of 11 pastry chefs

Stefan will be cooking at 12 noon in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Friday 12 July.

Steph Moon – Chef Consultant, All Things Food

Steph Moon is your Game cookery MC. Yorkshire-born chef Steph has travelled with world with her job and now runs her own chef consultancy business currently in its 13th year. As seen on BBC Great British Menu three times and gold medal Salon Culinaire winner as well as being awarded Harrogate Ambassador at the Hospitality awards in 2023, Steph loves to cook with game and is always happy to show some new dishes to try at home.

Steph will be appearing on all four days.

Stephen Smith – Chef Director, The Star Inn at Harome, near Helmsley

Lancashire-born Stephen has found his creative niche over the Pennines in Yorkshire, where he has been Andrew Pern’s right-hand culinary man for the past 15 years at the multi award-winning Star Inn at Harome. Never one to blow his own trumpet this giant of the kitchen – literally and metaphorically – is never happier than behind the pans and on the pass.

Stephen will be cooking alongside Andrew Pern at 12 noon in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 10 July.

Stuart Morris – Head Chef, Yolk Farm Kitchen, Minskip, near Boroughbridge

Stuart was born in Harrogate and is now Head Chef at Yolk Farm. With over 25 years’ experience as a chef, he has worked with award-winning restaurants at some of the most prestigious hotels in the country, training at the Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Michaels Nook to further his career. He is continuously striving to build on his culinary knowledge and is a strong advocate of energising and engaging young chefs of the future by sharing his wealth of hospitality and catering experience.

Stuart will be cooking at 11am in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 10 July.

Sue Nelson – Yorkshire Food Finder

Sue is your Great Yorkshire Food Theatre MC but will also be cooking each day using produce showcased in our Meet the Farmer section. Yorkshire Food Finder is all about celebrating the finest food and drink England’s largest county has to offer through Sue’s regular supper clubs – where more than 30 Yorkshire producers at a time regularly feature on her menus – menu development, recipe testing, and bespoke gourmet food trails.

Sue will be appearing on all four days.

Thomas Robertson – Estate Head Chef, Coniston Hotel and Spa, near Skipton

As an executive chef with a vibrant background in hotels, bistros, Michelin-starred establishments, and high-end pubs, Thomas has cultivated a culinary repertoire that is as diverse as it is sophisticated. Since November 2022 he has been at the helm of culinary operations at the Coniston estate, overseeing three distinct dining outlets along with an array of high-profile weddings and corporate events.

Thomas will be cooking at 11am in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Friday 12 July.

Tom Heywood – Chef Owner, Pignut Restaurant, Helmsley

Tom began his career in his native Yorkshire at Aldwark Manor before setting his sights on Michelin-starred kitchens, spending time at Midsummer House, Cambridge, The Ledbury in London and The Cottage in the Wood in the Lake District. He opened Pignut – named a foraged nut found in the area – in June 2023 and it has already achieved 2 AA rosettes, featured in the Good Food Guide and in recommended in the Michelin Guide.

Tom will be cooking at 4pm in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Tuesday 9 July.

Whaheed Rojan – Round Table Dining, Harrogate

From the restaurant kitchens of South Africa to the galleys of the Queen Mary II and everything in between, Whaheed has cooked for many well-known political figures and celebrities in his 30-year career, from Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Demond Tutu, rock stars and even James Bond. He now offers top-notch dining experiences based on his world travels in the Harrogate area.

Whaheed will be cooking at 3pm in the Game Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 10 July.

Will Campbell – Event Chef, Harewood Food and Drink Project, near Leeds

Will has worked at some of the region’s best loved restaurants including as head chef at The Ox Club in Leeds before joining the team at Harewood. He says his food is influenced by the people and landscapes around him, treating all parts of the food system with respect, letting nature dictate the available produce and cooking food that is as considered as it is delicious.

Will will be cooking at 1pm in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 10 July.

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