Chefs at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022

Top chefs from across the region will be in action in both the Tesco Great Yorkshire Food Theatre (in the Food Hall) and the Game Cookery Theatre (Eighth Avenue) throughout the Show, with guest appearances by the winner of MasterChef 2022 Eddie Scott, Shaun Rankin and Fraser Rigby, TV’s Junior Bake Off runner-up.

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.

Adam Jackson – The Bow Room Restaurant, Grays Court Hotel, York

Adam joined Grays Court in 2021 from the Feversham Arms, Helmsley. He was the head chef at the Black Swan, Oldstead, helping the pub win its first Michelin star in 2012, then set up his own restaurant, the Park in Marmadukes Townhouse hotel in York before joining the Feversham prior to the pandemic.

Adam will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 12 noon on Wednesday 13 July.

Aled Williams – TRUEfoods, Ripon

From slow roasting bones to double filtering, TRUEfoods make stock the chef’s way with products found in Britain’s finest restaurants and used by Michelin-starred chefs worldwide. Aled Williams, the company’s Head of Food, is a Gordon Ramsay Scholar and Great British Menu Welsh champion, clearly demonstrating the company’s high-quality focus.

Aled will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 12 noon on Thursday 14 July.

Amanda Owen – The Yorkshire Shepherdess

When cooking for her family at home, Amanda likes to make the most of seasonal ingredients that are readily available and won’t break the bank. Where food comes from is equally important to Amanda and she uses lamb born and reared at Ravenseat, the family farm.

Amanda will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 2.30pm on Friday 15 July.

Ashley & Ben McCarthy – Ye Old Sunn Inn, Colton

Ashley and wife Kelly have run Ye Old Sun Inn for a number of years and won many awards. As a ‘sideline’ Ashley makes award-winning chocolate and Kelly has won accolades for her Fairfax gin and rum. Son Ben helps in the kitchen and front of house, making this a real family business.

Ashley & Ben will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 1pm and in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 3pm on Wednesday 13 July.

Ben Wright – Opheem Restaurant, Birmingham

Raised in Yorkshire, Chef De Partie Ben Wright kicked off his culinary career at Rudding Park Hotel, spending most of his time at their 3 AA Rosette Horto Restaurant. Here he learnt to respect the best of Yorkshire Produce. With a keen desire to learn more about Indian cuisine and its untapped potential he currently works with Aktar Islam at Opheem located in the centre of Birmingham. Currently holding a Michelin star, Opheem strives to push Indian flavours and techniques into the fine dining world.

Ben will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 12 noon on Tuesday 12 July.

Chris Harker & Paul Freeman – The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn

Chris & Paul will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 1pm & Game Cookery Theatre at 10am on Thursday 14 July.

Eddie Scott – MasterChef Winner 2022, Beverley

This year’s champion of the UK’s biggest cookery competition, Eddie marries his Punjab family heritage with a love of French cuisine using ingredients from the Yorkshire Wolds and coast near his home. On winning the coveted title he said, “It feels like my whole life has been building up to this moment.”

Eddie will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 2pm on Tuesday 12 July.

Esther – The Country Cook, Thirsk

Esther Veerman is a captivating chef, who will take you on a culinary adventure into the world of game. Her deepest love is her amazing team of gundogs, the wind blowing in her hair, and a taste of the wild. She brings class to wellies and waterproofs!

Esther will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 10am on Wednesday 13 July.

Heather Copley – Farmer Copleys Farm Shop, Pontefract

Heather a great supporter of The Great Yorkshire Show and Yorkshire produce cooks up some stunning food served in the Moo café at Farmer Copleys.

Heather will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 3pm on Friday 15 July.

Fraser Rigby – TV’s Junior Bake Off Runner-Up, York

Fraser is only 15 but has an astute knowledge of ingredients and a culinary maturity that belies his age. A passionate cook who one day wants to run his own restaurant, he grows his own vegetables for use in his recipes and loves foraging to find unique flavours for his food.

Fraser will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 3pm on Tuesday 12 July & Game Cookery Theatre at 4pm on Wednesday 13 July.

Iain Wilkinson – York Farm Kitchen, Minskip

Iain Wilkinson is the Head Chef of Yolk Farm Kitchen in Boroughbridge. 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. With his team, he has helped create the unique menu at Yolk Farm Kitchen, which is the world’s first egg restaurant on a free range egg farm, masterminding such dishes as their famous “What Came First” Chicken Pancakes.

Iain will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 2pm & Game Cookery Theatre at 4pm on Wednesday 13 July.

John Cavana & Steph Moon 

John has cooked up over 3000 game meat meals for the homeless through the Gift of Game, this led to him receiving 3rd place in the Eat Game Awards. All of meat used by John has been donated by estates in the NYMMO area.

John & Steph will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 4pm on Tuesday 12 July.

James Key – Leeds City College

Currently a Chef Lecturer at Leeds City College, Formerly Chef at Payne and Gunter in London. During my time in the catering industry, I worked at some of the country’s most prestigious events, including the Chinese state dinner, the London Olympics and the Queens Jubilee. in 2019 I was awarded Craft Guilds Mentor chef of the year.

James will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 9am on Thursday 14 July.

Johnny Purnell – The Coniston Hotel, Skipton

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

Johnny will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 2pm & Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 4pm on Friday 15 July.

John Rudden – Grassington House Hotel, Grassington

Originally from Skipton, John trained at The Angel at Hetton under Dennis Watkins. He returned to his Yorkshire Dales roots having made a name for himself in the North West where he was awarded chef of the year three times as chef and partner of the acclaimed White Hart at Lydgate.

John will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 12 noon & Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 10am on Thursday 14 July.

Jon Appleby – The Feversham Arms. Helmsley

Jon is a passionate foodie and lover of Game cookery and a great supporter of Yorkshire produce.

Jon will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 11am & Game Cookery Theatre at 1pm on Friday 15 July.

Jon Smith – The Plough Inn, Scalby

Jon’s 30-year career has spanned stints in the Lake District, Singapore, and lots of places in between. He had his own Scarborough restaurant, the much-loved Peppers, for 14 years, before running a smallholding and farm shop, the Hares Leap. He is now executive chef at The Plough Inn, Scalby.

Jon will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 10am on Tuesday 12 July.

Jordan Sweeney – Rudding Park, Harrogate

Jordan is the cocktail genius at Rudding Park and even has his own Cocktail lab where new recipes are developed and flavours of the Kitchen Garden brought to the menu.

Jordan will be mixing cocktails in the Game Yorkshire Food Theatre at 1pm on Friday 15 July.

Josh Barnes – Goldsborough Hall, Harrogate

Growing up in the open countryside of Lincolnshire, Josh developed a passion for cooking at an early age. He is a keen forager who enjoys searching for mushrooms, wild herbs and flowers, unique ingredients to create inspiring natural dishes. Josh says, “Here at Goldsborough Hall we produce food from sustainably sourced, fresh local produce, where the food miles can be counted in feet & inches.”

Josh will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 10am on Wednesday 13 July.

Luke French – Joro, Sheffield

Great British Menu winner Luke’s style of cooking is innovative and inventive, putting Sheffield firmly on the culinary map. His experience working at the Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck helped hone his style, but it was street food experiences while travelling round Asia and Nordic influences that have really set him apart.

Luke will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 10am & Game Cookery Theatre at 12 noon on Friday 15 July.

Kevin Hughes – Leeds City College

Currently a Chef Lecturer at Leeds City College, Formerly Chef at Payne and Gunter in London. Events include the Chinese state dinner, the London Olympics and the Queens Jubilee. In 2019 he was awarded Craft Guilds Mentor chef of the year. Growing up in South East Asia, Kevin travelled extensively entered competitions & won second place in the UK South Asian Chef Competition.

Kevin will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 9am on Wednesday 13 July.

Mario Olianas – Cheesemaker, Otley

Mario came to Yorkshire in 2001 to learn English, fell in love with not just his future wife but God’s own county, and has been here ever since. He started making Italian style cheese at home, but now his Yorkshire pecorino, Leeds Blue among others, grace some of the best delis and restaurant tables.

Mario will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 2pm & Game Cookery Theatre at 4pm on Friday 15 July.

Marni Xuto – Thai Food Made Easy

Marni is one of the most exciting chefs from Thailand today. Having been living in Yorkshire for 17 years, Marni is keen to make the best of British local produce in her Thai inspired dishes. Her clients included Kenwood, Lotus Thai Curry Paste by Westmills Ltd, Arla Foods, AHDB etc. She is a Founder of Thaifoodmadeeasy.com.

Marni will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 3pm on Tuesday 12 July.

Mehdi Boukkamach – Fodder Farm Shop & Cafe, 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 incl Denmark, Czech Republic & Italy where he cooked for world leaders at the G8 summit in Genoa. He joined Fodder in 2009 & his wholesome cooking, using fresh Yorkshire produce is what café customers have come to know & love.

Mehdi will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 3pm on Thursday 14 July.

Matt Hunter – Hodgsons of Hartlepool

Hodgson Fish are proud to supply a wide range of top-quality seafood throughout Yorkshire to the best restaurants, hotels and also direct to the consumer.

Matt will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 3pm on Thursday 14 July.

Michaela Hannah – MasterChef Contestant & Private Chef

Michaela Hanna is one of Yorkshire’s leading freelance private chefs and the founder of With M food and activity retreats. She has worked in professional kitchens throughout her career and is also a former MasterChef: The Professionals contestant. Michaela is passionate about using Yorkshire produce in her cooking – ensuring she supports local and independent suppliers

Michaela will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 11am & Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 3pm on Friday 15 July.

Minal Patel – Prashad, Driglington

Minal Patel has been the Executive Chef of Prashad fine-dining, Indian restaurant in Drighlington since 2004. Hailing from Gujarat, Minal adds her unique twist to traditional family recipes. Under Chef Minal, Prashad was the runner-up in Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant. Prashad has received a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide every year since 2014, and two AA Rosettes since 2015. It’s regularly featured in Harden’s and the Good Food Guide.

Minal will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 11am on Thursday 14 July.

Nathan Richardson-Kelly – Castle Howard, York

Nathan is passionate about using the best quality Yorkshire produce and showcasing the finest ingredients Castle Howard has to offer. Including wild roe deer, grass fed Angus beef, free range woodland reared pork and a whole array of fresh fruit and vegetables grown in the estate’s walled garden and orchards.

Nathan will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 2pm & Game Cookery Theatre at 4pm on Thursday 14 July.

Neil Bentink – Skosh, York

Neil’s dynamic but fun menus at Skosh have helped transform York into one of the country’s most revolutionary food cities. His world-roving culinary style features influences from India, Asia, Europe and the Americas, with his obsession for world flavours stemming from being brought up by aYorkshire mother and Indian father.

Neil will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 3pm & Game Cookery Theatre at 1pm on Thursday 14 July.

Ollie Wenn – Rudding Park, Harrogate

Ollie is one of the youngest chefs in Rudding Park. He is currently completing his chef apprenticeship while working in our Horto Restaurant.

Ollie will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 12 noon on Wednesday 13 July.

Paul Warner of The Drum & Monkey

Paul Warner – The Drum & Monkey, Harrogate

Paul joined the Drum and Monkey in August 2020, a place where 10 years earlier he had started as a kitchen porter before moving away for university. Now back and embracing his former place of work, The Drum and Monkey, which is a Harrogate institution – Paul and his team are offering North Yorkshire and the surrounding areas the freshest in fish and shellfish, in a relaxed but refined way.

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

Peter Neville – The Homestead Kitchen, Goathland

Peter has worked at some of the UK’s finest restaurants, including with Claude Bosi at Bibendum in London, and The Star Inn at Harome. In recent years he co-ran The Pheasant Hotel in Harome where he was head chef. The Homestead Kitchen offers relaxed dining with quality local ingredients.

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

Richard Walton-Allen & NEET People – Northcliffe Nurseries, Brighouse

NEET is based at Northcliffe Nurseries founded and built by people with learning disabilities. They provide practical learning opportunities in a real working environment. They run tutor-led sessions in a variety of activities which include cookery, woodworking, horticulture, arts & crafts. The Nurseries was originally established in 1992 on a previously neglected allotment site in Northcliffe Park, Shipley.

Richard & the team from NEET will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 11am on Thursday 14 July.

Robert Ramsden – Delifresh, Bradford

Few are more fanatical about food than Robert who as marketing director of Delifresh and a chef in his own right, is at the forefront of providing Yorkshire and Northern hospitality businesses with quality fresh produce sourced from the finest farmers, growers and makers.

Robert will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 4pm & Game Cookery Theatre at 2pm on Thursday 14 July.

Sean Denham – Leeds City College 

Sean has been a Chef tutor at Leeds City College for a number of years and loves teaching the next generation how to cook.

Sean will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 9am on Tuesday 12 July.

Shaun Rankin – Grantley Hall, Ripon

Yorkshireman Shaun honed his skills at the Mayfair Hotel in London before his love for the sea took him to Jersey where he spent much of his career. He has held a Michelin star since 2005 and returned to his northern roots in 2018 to oversee the food and beverage offer at Grantley Hall.

Shaun will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 1pm & Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 3pm on Wednesday 13 July.

Sue Nelson – Yorkshire Food Finder

Yorkshire Food Finder Sue Nelson is hosting the Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre in the Food Hall. Former journalist Sue celebrates Yorkshire’s fabulous food and drink through her supper club, guided gourmet food trails, cookery demonstrations and catering offerings. She has been hosting the Food Hall theatre since 2015.

Year 8 Students – St Aidan’s Schoolo, Harrogate

St 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. The competition was judged by Steph Moon and former student Ollie Wenn.

Students will be cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre at 11am & 2pm on Wednesday 13 July.

Stephen Smith – Andrew Pern’s The Star Inn

Stephen has worked at Andrew’s flagship Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome for more than a decade where he is now chef director working closely with Andrew on recipe development and menus for all The Star Inn venues. The Harome inn is due to re-open later this year after the devastating fire last autumn.

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

Steph Moon – Consultant Chef

Steph Moon is your Game Cookery Theatre MC for 2022!

Local chef Steph has travelled the world with her job. As seen on BBC Great British Menu and gold medal Salon Culinare winner Steph loves to cook with game and show us some new dishes to try at home.

Will Chew – Mak Tok, Sheffield

Will is an entrepreneur and the founder of Mak Tok, a company specialising in sambal that he started while a student at the University of Sheffield. He is known for his appearance on Dragons’ Den and is now the go-to figure when it comes to Malaysian cuisine.

Will is cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 4pm on Tuesday 12 July.

Whaheed Rojan – The Round Table Dining, Harrogate

Almost 30 years in the kitchen has given Whaheed a culinary career so deep and varied that even he sometimes cannot believe it! From the restaurant kitchens of South Africa, to the galleys of the Queen Mary II (and everything in between), he has cooked for many well-known political figures like Nelson Mandela, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, rock stars, even a James Bond and other celebrities, and continues to deliver top-notch dining experiences here in Harrogate.

Whaheed will be cooking in the Great Yorkshire Food Theatre at 10am on Tuesday 12 July.

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