Chefs create Yorkshire menu for charity dinner

Brian TurnerTV chef Brian Turner, will host a special dinner at Leeds Corn Exchange this Friday to raise funds for Cancer Research UK as part of the Leeds Loves Food festival.

Together with Leeds chef Anthony Flinn, a specially created Yorkshire menu starts with ‘Scallop custard with brown shrimp sauce’ closely followed by ‘Yorkshire asparagus, radish, fennel & smoked haddock salad’.  A main course of ‘Rack of lamb with a pistachio crust on creamed cabbage with melting potatoes & spring onion gravy’ will precede dessert of ‘Wakefield rhubarb & Ampleforth brandy trifle’.

Tickets for the four course dinner, which is available for just one night, are currently on sale for £50 per person with all money raised going to Cancer Research UK, Leeds Corn Exchange’s chosen charity for 2012.

After dinner, Halifax born Brian Turner will give a short talk, a mini ‘Life of Brian’, where he will trace his journey from growing up in the town to becoming an award winning chef with a string of restaurants across the UK.  A regular on TV shows including This Morning and Ready, Steady, Cook since the 1990s, the chef has also been awarded a CBE for his services to tourism and training in the catering industry 2002.  Turner will also give guests a flavour of his latest cookery book, A Taste of Summer, which will be available to buy at the event.
In a press release about the event, Turner said:

“It’s a pleasure to collaborate with Anthony and produce a menu that highlights the diverse food offering we have in Yorkshire, from the coast to the dales.  I hope that everyone who comes along to support Cancer Research UK by attending the dinner takes away from it a reminder of just what a great region this is for local food against the backdrop of the striking Corn Exchange.”

Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of Leeds Corn Exchange, one of Leeds’s most iconic buildings. The Grade 1 listed building opened in 1863 and for decades was a thriving centre for the exchange and sale of corn, wheat, barley, hops, seeds and oil as well as regular farmers markets and leather fairs.

To buy tickets for the dinner, book online at:

* If you have a food event going on in the north of England, don’t forget you can post it up on the noticeboard here. You’ll need to be a member of and then simply click to ‘post new event‘.


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