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Star-studded Lineup of Culinary Experts Unveiled for North Leeds Food Festival

The North Leeds Food Festival has announced the lineup of culinary experts and professional chefs gracing their Live Cookery Theatre this May.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Roundhay Park, attendees are invited on a gastronomic journey led by masters of the culinary arts, exploring the creation of delectable dishes and cultural specialities.

North Leeds Food Festival - indian street food trader

The North Leeds Food Festival boasts a plethora of intricate and immersive entertainment options, including an emphatic lineup of local bands and renowned tribute acts performing on the Live Music Stage throughout the day.

However, another highlight awaits in the Live Cookery Theatre, proudly presented by Yorkshire Food Guide, where guests can indulge themselves in demonstrations unfolding the secrets and techniques that lead to culinary expertise.

“We’re really excited to announce the talented chefs we have performing demonstrations this year. Yorkshire has an abundance of incredible chefs and we’re keen to bring some of the best of them to Roundhay Park each year.”Event Director, Michael Johnston

live chef demonstrations at Roundhay Park

Saturday, May 11th (Two More Names TBA):

Craig Rogan (The Collective): Award-winning Chef Director Craig is responsible for the creative and refined menus at the Michelin Guide-recommended restaurant, The Collective. With a passion for sustainable and local produce, Craig is a specialist of traditional British cuisine.

Ajith Kumar (Tharavadu): As Head Chef at Tharavadu, Ajith brings the vibrant flavours of Kerala to the forefront, expertly blending spices and ingredients to create authentic South-Indian cuisine. We’re so excited to see him take centre stage at North Leeds Food Festival.

Teddy Lee (Maki & Ramen): Teddy’s journey began at a sushi academy in Tokyo, leading him to master the art of Japanese cuisine and delight guests with expertly crafted ramen and sushi dishes.

chef demo tent 2022 landscape

Sunday, May 12th:

Minal Patel (Prashad): With a Two Star AA and Michelin Bib Gourmand Award for her Indian restaurant, Prashad, Head Chef Minal thrives on creating authentic Gujarati food with fine and seasonal produce.

Rab Adams (Hern): Trained at the esteemed Le Cordon Bleu, Rab, owner and Head Chef of Hern in Leeds, champions sustainable cooking, infusing his craft with a passion for locally sourced ingredients to create delectable dishes.

Sam Pullan (Empire Café): Leeds-based chef Sam Pullan is a master of classic Yorkshire favourites. Designing unique and innovative dishes each week, Sam invites attendees to learn the essence of creating traditional British cuisine.

Molly Payne (MasterChef: The Professionals 2023): With her culinary talent exemplified on last year’s ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’, Molly’s elegant classical-French dishes are a testament to her natural skill and creativity.

Will Campbell (Harewood Food & Drink Project): Representing Harewood Food & Drink project, Event Chef Will Campbell will be celebrating the fresh produce grown on their very own Harewood estate, championing some of Yorkshire’s finest ingredients.

North Leeds Food Festival crowd of people watching live music

Beyond the live cookery demonstrations, the North Leeds Food Festival hosts a wide array of entertainment tailored to all ages, including a Live Entertainers Stage, Kids Activities, Roaming Comedy, a Funfair & Inflatable Land, and more.

Additionally, the festival’s Street Food Arena awaits, boasting a range of global cuisines and cultural specialities. Alongside this are the festival’s renowned Artisan Markets, host to over 170 market traders showcasing local produce, fresh baked goods, hand-made crafts, and local art.

North Leeds Food Festival - goodfellow independent bar

Thirsty attendees are invited to enjoy a range of independent bars at North Leeds Food Festival, alongside a full ale house, sponsored by North, featuring craft ales and cask favourites on draught.

In furthered commitment to supporting the local community, the festival will partner with Leeds Mind, raising funds through event activities and optional contributions on ticket sales. The festival hopes to add to the over £100,000 already raised for mental health initiatives across the north.

As the event nears, hosts anticipate thousands to join the celebration at the North Leeds Food and Drink Festival in Roundhay Park, May 11th-12th.

North Leeds Food Festival Dates, Times & Tickets

11th & 12th May 2024, 10 am – 7 pm – Get TicketsGet 10% off tickets when you quote YFG10 at checkout.

North Leeds Food Festival, Roundhay Park, Leeds


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