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.

Details of the chefs for 2024 will be available here soon.

Minal and Bobby Patel – Prashad, Driglington

Minal is the head chef at the award winning vegetarian Indian restaurant and 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 he and her friends would play at running a hotel and she would always be the head chef.

They will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 11am Tuesday 11 July.

Nathan Richardson-Kelly – Castle Howard, York

“One of the top 10 buildings you must visit in your lifetime” The Telegraph, 2018 Open to the public since 1952, Castle Howard is a diverse working rural estate and visitor attraction just outside York. Built over 300 years ago for the Howard family it remains a family home and today is also an award-winning Yorkshire visitor attraction welcoming almost 250,000 people a year to the house and gardens. A changing programme of events, two gift shops, a farm shop, garden centre and four cafés make up the visitor attraction.

Nathan will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 3pm & Game Cookery Theatre at 4pm on Wednesday 12 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 in the Game Cookery Theatre at 11am & Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 1pm on Tuesday 11 July.

Owen Diaram – Cook with Owen 

Owen recently competed in BBC MasterChef UK 2023, Finishing as A Quarter Finalist. Described as a ‘Flavour Master’ by Chef John Torode, Owen uses the freshest ingredients and combines exciting local produce with spices and herbs from his South African and Indian heritage. Gregg Wallace described Owen’s food as beautifully cooked. Owen is now working as a Private Chef in the Harrogate Area.

Owen will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 11 am & Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 2pm on Friday 14 July.

Razan Alsous – Yorkshire Dama Cheese

Razan came to the UK in 2012 as a refugee from war-torn Syria. A combination of her pharmacist background and a desire for quality halloumi style cheese, prompted her to begin her Yorkshire Dama Cheese business in 2014, using local milk and ingredients that are preservative free and vegetarian friendly. Her cheese has won two World Cheese Awards, including gold in 2015.

Razan will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 1pm on Tuesday 11 July & Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 3pm on Friday 14 July.

Richard Allen & NEET People – Northcliffe Nurseries, Brighouse

NEET is based at Northcliffe Nurseries founded and built by people with learning disabilities. We provide practical learning opportunities in a real working environment. We run tutor-led sessions in a variety of activities which include cookery, woodworking, horticulture, arts & crafts.

Richard will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 1pm on Thursday 13 July.

Robert Ramsden – Delifresh, Bradford

Rober 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 will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 10am & Game Cookery Theatre at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 July.

Ruth Hansom Rigby – Executive Chef, Samuel’s Restaurant at Swinton Park 

Originally from Darlington, Ruth trained at the acclaimed Westminster College in London, followed by a three-year apprenticeship at the Ritz under John Williams MBE. Both a finalist in the Roux Scholarship and winner of a Caterer Acorn Award in 2022, Ruth is also now a familiar face on the small screen as a finalist on the Great British Menu and regular appearances on James Martin’s Saturday and Saturday Kitchen.

Ruth will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 12noon & Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 2pm on Tuesday 11 July.

Saint Aidan’s School – Harrogate

Saint Aidan’s School are delighted to be represented by their Year 8 Pizza interform competition winners. All eight forms took part in the competition; creating a homemade pizza, an accompaniment and a dessert. Year 10 students showcase Yorkshire produce.

Students will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre, Year 8, at 1pm & Great Yorkshire Food Theatre, Year 10, at 3pm on Thursday 13 July.

Samira Effa, Bar and Restaurant EightyEight, Grantley Hall 

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 the 2019 and 2020 series’ of TV’s Great British Menu.

Samira will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 12 noon on Tuesday 11 July.

Shaun Rankin – Restaurant Shaun Rankin, Grantley Hall 

Originally from Yorkshire, Shaun Rankin honed his skills at The Mayfair Hotel in London and attended the Thames Valley University at Slough. Shaun’s love of the sea then took him to the Channel Islands where he spent the majority his career residing in Jersey. Following his success in Jersey, Shaun returned to London where he opened Ormer Mayfair, as well as the restaurant at 12 Hay Hill, also located in London’s Mayfair.

Shaun will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 11am on Thursday 13 July.

Stefan Rose – Grantley Hall 

Stefan Rose joined the pre-opening team of Grantley Hall (AA Best Hotel in England 2022-23) in early 2019 as Head Pastry Chef and has spent the past 4+ years striving to create a truly five-star patisserie across 5 of the Hotel’s 6 different Restaurants, using the finest ingredients and techniques with his team of 11 Pastry Chefs!

Stefan will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 1pm on Friday 14 July.

Steph Moon – Chef Consultant, All Things Food 

Steph Moon is your Game cookery M.C but appearing with Hywell our trout expert 4pm Tuesday in the Game Theatre. Local Chef Steph has travelled with world with her job and now runs her own Chef Consultancy business in its 12 th year .As seen on BBC Great British Menu three times and gold medal Salon Culinaire winner recently awarded Harrogate Ambassador at the Hospitality awards June 2023 Steph loves to cook with game and always happy to show us some new dishes to try at home.

Steph will be compering the Game Cookery Theatre on all four days.

Stephen Smith – Chef Director, The Star Inn

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 in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 1pm on Wednesday 12 July.

Sue Nelson – Yorkshire Food Finder & MC of the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre 

Sue is your Great Yorkshire Food Theatre MC but also will be assisting our producers daily in Meet the Farmer. Yorkshire Food Finder is all about celebrating the finest food and drink England’s largest county has to offer. Our unique culinary trails take you behind the scenes, to farms, fields and distilleries, kitchens, cellars and quaysides. Learn about provenance, pick-up new culinary skills, fill your larder and enjoy some breathtaking scenery en route. As a finale, we promise celebratory feasts using products trailed and cooked by Yorkshire’s most famous local chefs.

Thomas Robertson – Estate Head Chef, Coniston Hotel and Spa 

Having been in the industry for more than 13 years, Thomas joined the Coniston Estate as Head Chef at Blossom Kitchen, Nàdarra Spa, following an extensive refurbishment in 2020/21. Blossom Kitchen is a coming together of nature, nutrition, culture and cuisine which allowed Thomas to make use of local produce on the doorstep, coupled with his outstanding creative flair, with an Asian twist.

Thomas will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 2pm on Wednesday 12 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 in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 10am on Tuesday 11 July.

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