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Tops chefs to showcase their talents at Yum! Festival of Food and Drink
Tops chefs to showcase their talents at Yum! Festival of Food and Drink
25 July, 2011

 Top chefs from some of East Yorkshire’s finest hotels and restaurants will reveal the secrets of their success when they take centre stage in the Chefs’ Theatre at the Yum! Festival of Food and Drink.

TV chef Gerard Baker, who lives in East Yorkshire, will be the compere for the event which will take place in the Yum! Festival Marquee in Princes Dock Street, Hull, on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July between 11am and 4pm.

Gerard, whose credits include the BBC TV cookery show The Hairy Bikers, will oversee demonstrations by chefs including:

Also on stage will be Anna Longthorpe from award-wining pig producers Anna’s Happy Trotters and Margaret Hickling from the Food 360, the community campaign aimed at helping children have fun with food and delivering health and cost benefits to their families.

The Chefs’ Theatre will also host the final of the Copper Saucepan Award for up-and-coming chefs, with the two finalists going head-to-head in front of a live audience at 1pm on Saturday 30 July.

“In recent years, the food scene in our region has been transformed and now stands up against any other,” said Gerard Baker.


“We have excellent chefs, great choice and what is more fabulous producers to use. It is a privilege to work with the region’s top producers and chefs that go from strength to strength.

“This year's festival will be a huge success - I'm certain of that and can't wait to see what the chefs are going to cook for the crowds”

The Yum! Festival of Food and Drink is organised annually by Hull BID to promote the quality of local food producers and retailers as well as hotels and restaurants. This year’s programme will have the added attraction of the Hull Jazz Festival, with both events overlapping for the launch of Yum! on the evening of Thursday 28 July.

“In Gerard Baker we have a chef who is hugely talented and very well known and it is wonderful that he is once again joining us to showcase the quality that our hotels and restaurants have to offer,” said Kathryn Shillito, Hull BID City Centre Manager.

“But the Yum! Festival is not just about the displays in the Chefs’ Theatre. Events like this benefit all the food outlets in the city centre because they attract crowds of people and that all adds up to excellent business opportunities whether you are a big hotel or restaurant, a pub or cafe bar or one of our many large and small food retailers.

“They all benefit from people coming to Yum! and leaving afterwards with new ideas about how to enjoy food, whether they are eating out or buying and cooking it themselves.”