Great Yorkshire Show kicks off today! Every year, more than 130,000 foodies,
farmers and families flock to the three day event to discover new experiences,
tastes and activities! As foodie
professionals, although we love the ambience of the show (which includes animal
competitions, equine classes, forestry demonstrations – to name just a few) it
is the food we are really interested in.
is so much going on at food festivals, the mix of mouth-watering smells in the
air, the hive of activity and mingling with like-minded souls. They can truly
be the ultimate foodie day out. However, this year, at the Great Yorkshire
Show, there is only one man we are interested in – pro chef and the man behind
the Star Inn at Harome, Andrew Pern.
is a regular at the show “I wouldn't miss it – it is part of my social
calendar!” he gushes! And we know why, the place is a hive of activity. Andrew has
a jam-packed day – fronting three food demonstrations, starting from 1.30pm at
the Game Theatre. Intrigued at what he will be cooking up? How does Pot au Feu,
Pan-roast Roe Deer and Warm Salad of North Sea Lobster sound? Sounds
mouth-watering good to us and we just know the audience will be drooling in
caught up with Andrew, before he does his thing on stage, to find out why he
loves demonstrating and why home cooks and young chefs should get in on the
Andrew Pern - doing his thing!
Pot au Feu - one of the dishes Andrew will be cooking up today!
Are you looking
forward to the Great Yorkshire Show? Yes, of course. Over the years, unless I have been away on
holiday, it is part of my social calendar - and it's a good place to take the
How many times have
you been involved with the show? I'm not entirely sure.
I have missed a couple when I've been away but must be around 10
Wow, 10 years, that’s
pretty impressive! What do you enjoy most about demonstrating? Compared with cooking in the kitchen at The Star, the public
reaction is a lot more immediate and it is great to be able share the stories
of where we get our inspirations and ingredients from.
How do you practice
for a demonstration? Only at previous demonstrations! The dishes I demonstrate
are simplified versions of those we cook at the restaurant so I tend to know
We love your relaxed
attitude Andrew! You have a great line up (Pot au Feu, Roe Deer, North Sea
Lobster) – why did you choose these dishes to demonstrate? The first two will be in the Game Theatre and, as we are
currently outside the main game season, I am using a combination of venison,
pigeon and duck and the Pot au Feu uses all 3. The lobster salad is actually in
the Cheese Tent and features Bell's Bloomin' White, one of the Shepherd's Purse
Do you think home
cooks can benefit by going to food shows and watching demonstrations? I would hope that they encourage people to try something new
or to cook with ingredients they may not have tried.
For those just
starting out as chefs, what advice would you give them for their first
demonstration? Smile a lot - and hand out samples (they can't heckle with
their mouths full)!
Haha – your food is
so tasty, I’m sure the audience will be happy! Do you have any other demo’s
lined up this year, so we can scribble dates in our diary?
Not at the minute… but I will certainly let you know!
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