Top chefs line up for Seafest extravaganza

The top chefs are coming to Scarborough. Picture: Richard Ponter.
The top chefs are coming to Scarborough. Picture: Richard Ponter.

A mouth-watering smorgasbord of seaside treats is set to be cooked up in the live Scarborough Hospitality Association Food Theatre at this summer’s Seafest on the Yorkshire coast.

A line up of top chefs from television, Michelin-starred restaurants and award winning businesses will be demonstrating as part of the three-day maritime festival in Scarborough, sponsored by Keepmoat Homes, which takes place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July.

Highlights will include free cookery demonstrations from: Wayne Gildroy, head chef at Andrew Pern’s latest culinary venture, The Star Inn The Harbour, which is due to open in Whitby in July; Matt Hunter, chef and director of operations at Andrew Pern’s riverside restaurant in York, The Star Inn The City; Stephanie Moon, chef consultant at Rudding Park, Harrogate and star of the BBC Great British Menu and Chefs: Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is series; Harrison Barraclough, head chef at The George, Wath, near Ripon, who is one of the youngest chefs in the country to have won a coveted AA Rosette; Rob Green, a former Sea-fish National Seafood Chef of the Year, who now operates as an independent consultant and award winning chef; Martin Hyde, chef and owner of the multi award winning Eat Me Café in Scarborough, which won The Good Food Guide Best UK Café 2014; Christian Taylor, newly appointed head chef at The New Inn Cropton; food devotee Dan Hargreaves of Hedge-Hoggers Cider; Debbie Raw, cake decorator extraordinaire and star of the BBC2 series, Further Back in Time for Dinner and Luke Daniels, graphic designer turned food lover, who champions local and seasonal produce as sous chef at Scarborough’s Weston Hotel.

All demonstrations will take place as per the timetable below on West Pier in the Seafest Food Theatre, which is being sponsored by Scarborough Hospitality Association.

Shirley Smith, Scarborough Hospitality Association President said: “We’re delighted to be able to support the fantastic Food Theatre at Seafest, designed to bring together the very best of local and regional culinary talent and produce to give festival foodies a true taste of the Yorkshire coast.”

Janet Deacon, Welcome to Yorkshire Area Director added: “Seafest is a wonderful maritime celebration for all the family whether visiting or living at the Yorkshire coast and the Scarborough Hospitality Association Food Theatre is set to be one of the weekend’s star attractions. I invite all food lovers to come along, see the talented chefs in action and lap up the sights, sounds and smells of their culinary creations.”

More information about Seafest 2017 is available at


Saturday 22 July

10.30am Christian Taylor – The New Inn, Cropton

11.30am Harrison Barraclough – The George, Wath, near Ripon

12.30pm Martyn Hyde – Eat Me Café, Scarborough

1.30pm Rob Green – Independent consultant and award winning chef

2.30pm Dan Hargreaves – Hedge-Hoggers Cider

3.30pm Luke Daniels - Weston Hotel, Scarborough

Sunday 23 July

10.30am Stephanie Moon – Rudding Park

11.30am Wayne Gildroy – The Star Inn The Harbour, Whitby and

Matt Hunter – The Star Inn The City, York

12.30pm Debbie Raw – BBC2 Further Back in Time for Dinner

1.30pm Martyn Hyde – Eat Me Café, Scarborough, with actors from the cast of Little

Voice at Stephen Joseph Theatre

2.30pm Rob Green – Independent consultant and award winning chef

3.30pm Dan Hargreaves – Hedge-Hoggers Cider