Cookery Theatre


The Cookery Theatre 2017 is located in Commercial Square and entry is FREE.

Across the weekend chefs from around the Yorkshire Dales will be hosting live cookery demonstrations for you to sit back and enjoy. As well as local chefs at this year’s event we will also be joined by Hanna Sillitoe bestselling Author & Chef.

Large TV screens at either side of the marquee ensure that no-one misses out on the action, of which there is always plenty! Our Chefs this year are from around the Dales’ finest hotels and restaurants, bistros and pubs and will be demonstrating their skills and showcasing some amazing seasonal dishes using the very best in local produce and taking inspiration from the bountiful countryside around us.

All Chefs volunteer their time and carry out their demonstrations free of charge, so please give them a big cheer and a round of applause as a thank you!

The chefs that we are featuring are:

Chris Rahman

Chris Rahman is the owner and Head Chef of Saffron in Leyburn.

Chris started his career in catering when he was only thirteen, qualifying at sixteen and at seventeen opened his owned restaurant in Somerset.

Since that early start he has always owned his own restaurants with the resulted that he quickly leaned not only the importance of good food but also the need to provide first class customer service.

Chris and his family gradually moved north via restaurants in Minehead, Honiton, Knaresborough eventually opening Saffron in Leyburn, which over the last ten years has developed into a restaurant with an enviable reputation.

Saffron features Bangladesh and Indian style cuisine but Chris augments this by introducing dishes he is justly proud to have developed himself using his extensive knowledge of eastern food, spices and the catering profession.

Chris Rahman is a big supporter of everything to do with Leyburn regularly giving demonstrations of his specialist cooking in aid of local cancer charities.

Stu & Keith Miller

Stu Miller is the landlord at The George & Dragon, Hudswell in Richmond.

Stuart Miller is the landlord at The George and Dragon, Hudswell, Richmond. He left his IT job in the City of London to take over the running of the pub in July 2014.

The York native hails from a culinary family: his brother is a chef and his father taught catering at York College. He was already looking for a new venture when the opportunity arose and persuaded his wife Melissa to swap the city for the sticks
He is passionate about beer and sources most of his well-kept beers from the Yorkshire region, ingredients for the kitchen are also as local as possible.

The George and Dragon was Yorkshires first Community Pub and since Stuart has been in charge the pub has won several accolades including CAMRA Yorkshire Pub of the year, a Special Community award at The Flavours of Herriot awards, and this year was the winner of the CAMRA National Pub of the Year.

Keith is a chef by training and has worked in the food industry all of his life. He has a love of cooking that covers all aspects of his chosen profession.

Before becoming a freelance food consultant, Keith was Executive Development Chef for a large food manufacturer, but his career has included 15 years as a professional chef lecturer at York College, as well as working in hotels and restaurants in Europe and the UK.

The Demonstration – It will be a combination of Keith demonstrating some unusual dishes using beer with a local twist and Stuart will talk about matching beers with food.

Hanna Sillitoe

Hanna Sillitoe is the creator of ‘My goodness’ Author and chef.

Hanna Sillitoe is the creator of ‘My goodness’ Author and Chef, with an international fan base of over 10 thousand followers across the globe. For 20 years, Hanna Sillitoe suffered from psoriasis, eczema and acne. They dominated her life and shattered her confidence. When her doctor told her the only remaining treatment was chemotherapy, she began her own research and completely changed her diet, with dramatic results. Now free from all skin complaints, Hanna is sharing her secret. Hanna’s programme has a combination of recipes and will be demonstrating them at this year’s event along with a talk about her journey. Hanna’s bestselling book ‘Radiant’ shares her story, the before and after pictures of those she’s helped, and over 100 plant powered recipes to heal skin from within.

Tristan Prudden

Tristan Prudden is Head Chef at The Black Horse Kirby Fleetham.

Tristan had an early interest in food and cooking, and at the age of 13 started working in professional kitchens, gaining experience through different roles. In 2009, he was successful in being awarded the Scholarship place at Tante Marie Cookery Academy in Woking (part owned by Gordon Ramsay) where he excelled from the outset, graduating in 2010 as Student of the Year with a Cordon Bleu Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts.

Since graduating, Tristan has gained a range of experience in professional kitchens, working at The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey, Aysgarth Falls Hotel, The Little 3 in Thirsk, Grantham Arms, Boroughbridge, The Garden Rooms at Tennants and now the The Black Horse at Kirby Fleetham where he is the Head Chef. The Black horse currently holds 1 AA Rosette which he intends to maintain. He is keen to further his experience and in January 2016 was a finalist in the Game Chef of the Year Competition. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills by demonstrating at events around the area.

Tristan is passionate about cooking fine food with fresh, seasonal and local ingredients, letting the food speak for itself. He believes that Yorkshire produces some of the finest ingredients available, from fresh fish, farm reared meats and locally grown vegetables to locally made ice cream and preserves and is delighted to have some of the best produce from the best suppliers right on his doorstep.

Leyburn’s hospitality

Leyburn has a host of food and gift shops, hotels, public houses and restaurants. Visit them and buy something special, have lunch, a snack or a cup of tea. Even better stay for the evening and enjoy the entertainment and hospitality.

Be entertained by bands of The Dales

The Dales have a tremendous reputation for making music so why not spend some time listening to 4 award winning Bands playing jazz, traditional band music, swing and popular tunes. We're pleased to have; Leyburn Band, Moobeams, Muker Silver Band and Elizabeth joing us over the weekend.