To celebrate its 40th anniversary and the official opening of its new factory Unison transformed its showroom into a grand hall to host 110 people for a celebratory dinner.
A “pop up” kitchen was created in one of the factory’s store rooms in which catering students from Yorkshire Coast College cooked a three-course meal.
The students were challenged to create a Yorkshire Banquet Menu using ingredients sourced within 50 miles.
The top four dishes of each course were judged by former student James Mackenzie of the Pipe and Glass, Paul Broadhead of Scarborough Spa, and Rob Green of Green’s in Whitby.
Richard Pawlowski’s starter of deep fried Wensleydale and ginger cheese in crispy breadcrumbs with a Yorkshire gin chutney was chosen, followed by Tom Dale’s ballotine duck breast filled with Yorkshire black pudding wrapped in air dried ham, while Ali Moran’s dessert of apple and Ampleforth cider crumble finished the meal. The students were presented with prizes on the night by Lord Green.
Other guests included representatives from Unison’s customers such as Rolls Royce, Airbus and BAE Systems, Unison’s sales partner Rosenberger and development partner Moog, Unison staff, local business representatives and mayor Cllr Andrew Backhouse.