Cooking up a wartime treat

PEOPLE living through the war may have shared blitz spirit but they also had to share food rations and chefs from the area are going to be on hand to give an authentic taste of the 1940s.

Whitby chef Rob Green is used to having a pantry full of indulgent and luxurious ingredients at his disposal but over the course of war weekend he will be cooking up dishes that would have been household staples.

On Saturday at 3.30pm Whitby Gazette editor Jon Stokoe and a reporter will be donning chefs whites while Rob puts them through their paces as they attempt to create a winning dish assisted by fellow headline chef Steph Moon.

Other culinary events include the Great Sausage Making Tradition at 10.30am with James Wright of Taste Tradition, the Great Yorkshire Pudding challenge at 11.30am and at 1.30pm with author Elaine Lemm.

Rob, who is also the national seafood chef of the year, will also be cooking up a 1940s fish dish with a modern twist.

On Sunday at 10.30am Rudding Park chef consultant Steph Moon will be putting together a rabbit feast, the secret to a good Yorkshire pudding will be shared by Chris Blackburn at 11.30am before things are spices up at 12.30pm by Priya Raman the winner of the Hairy Bikers’ Best Cooking Family.

There will be more seafood delights with Rob Green at 1.30pm and food with a French accent at 2.30pm with Lionel Strub the chef and patron of Mirabelle restaurant at Harrogate.

And if you relish the though of all that at 3.30pm Sophie Legard from the Relish Delicatessen in Malton will be displaying a selection of goodies from back in the day that helped make a delicious meal.