Deli queen Chris Jackson, of Dolly’s Deli on Skinner Street, makes her television debut on Saturday (19 February).
Miss Jackson is featured on Channel 4’s The Secret Supper Club, hosted by presenter Olly Smith.
In the programme Olly Smith travels the country staging secret dinner parties with the assistance of local food producers.
Miss Jackson was recommended to the show’s producers by North Yorkshire Local Food, who champion small local food producers in our area.
Miss Jackson said: “The director came and sat in the deli and saw how I interacted with the customers.
“We had a chat and he said ‘I think you would be really good for the programme.’
“I then had to audition with my food against four other food producers, and they chose me and another man.
“He was also called Chris so they called me Dolly throughout the programme.”
The name Dolly’s Deli came about because Miss Jackson is a lifelong Dolly Parton fan.
The two food producers were tasked with helping Olly Smith prepare and serve a ‘secret supper’ for 10 mystery guests, who had no idea where the event would take place, or what they would be eating.
Miss Jackson’s small cafe on Skinner Street has gained a reputation amongst locals for its cosy decor, and the programme’s producers decided to use her impeccable taste within the show, by tasking her with decorating the dining area.
She said: “The supper was to be held in an old boat house.
“When you see on the telly there is shock on my face because there was not even a floor.
“So we had to decorate it for the guests who turned out to be the other food producers who didn’t get picked.”
As well as striving to bring back communal dining, the programme champions local food suppliers, and Miss Jackson kept this in mind when preparing her dish.
She said: “The event tool place in Malham so there was a lot of producers and farmers in that area.
“It was game season so we just used a seasonal food source and I did local game terrine.
“Olly quoted me as ‘the Queen of Terrine’.”
Chris Jackson has been running her deli for seven years, but she has plans to hang up her pinny in the near future.
She said: “I am actually selling the business as I am getting married later this year and I want to move on.
“I have been in Whitby some time and this programme is just a lovely end to my time here.”
The Secret Supper Club is broadcast on Saturday’s at 3.50pm on Channel 4.