Live cooking demonstration delights shoppers at market
SHOPPERS at Derby's Market Hall may be forgiven for thinking they had stepped on to the set of Ready Steady Cook yesterday.
Derby Cathedral Quarter has launched a new project to show the expertise of local master chefs and the availability of fresh produce in the Market Hall.
Once a week, a chef from one of the local restaurants, bars and cafés will demonstrate how to prepare a dish in an open kitchen on the ground floor of the Market Hall at the Cook Stop event.
Yesterday, Nathan Kearney, head chef of the Black Rock Grill in Sadler Gate, impressed his audience with baked haddock, sautéed potatoes, roast shallots and a wild mushroom sauce.
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He said: "The Market Hall is a great place and I get all of my produce from there.
"It has an abundance of vegetables and supplies and not only can people come along and see how to make the recipe, they can pick up the recipe and ingredients from the Market Hall too."
The Cook Stop events will be held every Thursday with live demonstrations at noon and 1.30pm. These will be accompanied by free weekly recipe cards and top tips from the week's featured chef.
Rob Cordon, who works at R and L Fruits in the Market Hall, was among those who gathered to watch the demonstration yesterday and tried the dish. He said: "The food was sensational. It's a great opportunity to get people to visit the Market Hall. "
William MacKenzie, 22, of Chaddesden, said: "The Cook Stop demonstration was very good. I was surprised with how many people came along, it was really interesting and the food was fantastic."
Over the coming months, the Cathedral Quarter Food Hub at the Market Hall will be developed to include guest stalls from local producers and tastings of wine and food.
Paul Hurst, a member of the Cathedral Quarter management group and owner of Sadlergates bar, café and restaurant has helped to organise the initiative.
He said: "Cook Stop is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the quality produce available from shops and market stalls in the area in recipes devised by our talented community of chefs.
"We have all sorts of things planned for the future which will add to the market's unique atmosphere of 'retail theatre', including chef competitions and cook offs."
For more information, visit www.derbycathedralquarter. co.uk.