Mark Poynton new menu

Cambridge is finally gaining momentum as the new food destination city, and new restaurants and cafes are popping up every month. It’s a great time to live in our vibrant town, but without superb chefs to take the reins and create wonderful dishes in our independent eateries, we’d quickly be back in the chain-grub category.

So here’s your chance to celebrate our local chefs and the fine work they do creating food to impress. Our live chef demos are set to be the must-attend day event on the opening weekend of Eat Cambridge so book up now.

We’ve got a line-up of four top local chefs on Saturday 10 May at Cambridge Cookery School, each of whom will be cooking up one of their favourite dishes, and all for the price of a main course!

The morning line-up starts at 11am and includes Alimentum’s Mark Poynton, of recent Great British Menu fame, who will be showing off his skills in the kitchen in Michelin-stared style. Followed by the cookery school’s own private chef Liz Young and Jono Crumps, a third generation butcher from from Crumps of Ashwell, who will work together to show off Jono’s butchery skills and Liz’s classic meat dishes. The session will be relaxed and informal and there will be plenty of chance to participants to get close to the action.

The afternoon session runs from 2pm to 5pm and will kick off The House Collection’s executive head chef, Leah Jenson who used to cook for Mick Hucknall but promises not to sing any Simply Red classics as she cooks up dishes to reflect her fresh approach to fine dining. Followed by another leading lady, Rosie Sykes, previously head chef at Fitzbillies, who will cook up a superb seasonal supper – think asparagus, guineafowl and elderflowers. Rosie’s approach to food and cooking is simple and uncompromising, and she is committed to making the best of local and seasonal ingredients so expect a treat.

The stunning setting of Cambridge Cookery School will create an intimate yet professional environment to learn more about these celebrated local chefs and then sit down to eat some of their signature dishes.

You can book a single session for £15 or a morning or afternoon slot for £25. Book through the Cambridge Cookery School website here.

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