Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Region's Top Kitchen Talent to Be Tasted for Exhibition; Dining Is to Be a Part of the Region's Summer of Celebration, as BARBARA HODGSON Has Been Finding Out

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Region's Top Kitchen Talent to Be Tasted for Exhibition; Dining Is to Be a Part of the Region's Summer of Celebration, as BARBARA HODGSON Has Been Finding Out

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Byline: BARBARA HODGSON

NEWCASTLE chef Terry Laybourne sees the Great Exhibition of the North as the perfect platform to show off the North East's talents in the kitchen.

The restaurateur behind the 21 Hospitality Group has been inspired by the event of the year to organise the Great Northern Supper Clubs - a series of foodie evenings offering fine dining in a relaxed setting.

And customers also will have an opportunity to meet chefs classed as some of the best in Britain, including Newcastle's own Kenny Atkinson from the Michelin-starred House of Tides.

Besides hosting the showcase for Great Northern Chefs, Laybourne is arranging Great Northern Producers events too, offering customers a taste of what's on offer from some of the best food and drink suppliers around.

The city centre dining experiences will take place in Laybourne's Saltwater Fish Company and Porterhouse Butcher and Grill restaurants inside Fenwick Food Hall.

At Saltwater between now and September, Laybourne's fellow chefs will, in turn, take a starring role in showing off their culinary skills in "small plate taster menus" with paired drinks.

It's a opportunity meet and the chefs informal, Terry Laybourne said: "The Great Exhibition of the North is an ideal backdrop to celebrate the many great chefs from the North working regionally, nationally and internationally."

The award-winning guest chefs - who all share a northern heritage - have been picked to reflect the diversity of cooking in the North and, besides Kenny Atkinson (on August 13), the visitors will include Indian chef and author Maunika Gowardhan on July 9; Nigel Haworth from Northcote, Lancashire, on July 23; Frances Atkins, of Yorke Arms in North Yorkshire - who was the first female British chef to win a Michelin star - on August 6; and Shaun Rankin from Ormer Mayfair in London on September unique 3. They and others will be sharing anecdotes about their food and careers too.

to talk to in an intimate Laybourne said: "It's a unique opportunity for people in the region to sample great cooking while also being able to meet and talk to the chefs and food producers in an informal, intimate setting. …

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