Tuesday, 14th July 2015, 07:30 AM - Thursday, 16th July 2015, 18:30 PM

Michelin starred chefs are among those taking time out of their restaurant kitchens to cook in front of the crowds at England’s premier agricultural event, the Great Yorkshire Show.

Around 130,000 visitors are expected through the gates for the countryside and farming showcase at the Great Yorkshire Show.

But this year it won’t just be the Game Cookery Theatre where visitors will be able to watch chefs rustling up tasty treats. The show’s popular Cheese and Dairy Show will also be hosting its own programme of cookery demonstrations with highly-experienced and award-winning cooks using fresh, local ingredients. Menus include Sand Hutton asparagus, Harrogate blue cheese, North Sea lobster and Yorkshire fettle cheese to name but a few!

Amongst the line-up of Michelin-starred chefs are Andrew Pern from The Star Inn at Harome near Helmsley and James MacKenzie from The Pipe and Glass Inn at South Dalton, Beverley, as well as Chris Oakden from The Coniston Hotel and Rob Porter from Greens Restaurant, Scarborough.

142144f  Malton Food Lovers festival Michelin star chef and local lad James Mackenzie Picture by Neil Silk 24/05/14

James MacKenzie from The Pipe and Glass Inn at South Dalton

Judy Bell, Chief Steward at the Cheese and Dairy Show, said the stage show programme is an exciting new addition.

“We are really excited about the cookery demonstrations and are sure they will prove very popular. All the chefs taking part will be using food produced in Yorkshire – lots of great, local, fresh produce,” she said.

As well as the live cooking displays, the stage also plays host to the prestigious presentation ceremony, when competitors have their eye on the show’s ultimate accolade, the Supreme Champion Dairy Product title. Other trophies on offer include prizes for Best Ice Cream, Best Yoghurt, Best Milk and Best Dressed Dairy Product.

And it is not just about expert judges – the event also offers visitors the opportunity to test their taste buds on cheese and ice cream in the popular Consumer Choice classes.

People signing up to be judges will be given advice on how to spot a good cheese or ice cream/chilled product, then asked to make their selection – with prizes awarded to the winners.

Mrs Bell said one of the most unique aspects of the show was that some of the milk judged during the competition comes from cows and goats that are being shown in the livestock classes.

1st October 2012. YP Taste Awards. Pictured Judy Bell of Shepherd's Purse Cheeses with her award winning Harrogate Blue . Picture by Gerard Binks.

Judy Bell of Shepherd’s Purse Cheeses with her award winning Harrogate Blue

“We believe that this is a really unique part of the show. Visitors can see the cows and goats on the showground, and then see the milk they have produced that day judged in the Cheese and Dairy Show,” she said.

The final afternoon sees the Big Cheese Auction when some of the show’s award-winning cheeses go under the hammer.

Tickets for the Great Yorkshire Show are available either on line – go to www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk  – or call 01423 541222.

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