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Meet the Chefs Cooking at Living North LIVE in Newcastle
Eat and Drink
April 2024
Reading time 3 Minutes

Living North LIVE is back at Newcastle Racecourse from 19th-21st April

The North's leading lifestyle, shopping and food event returns to Newcastle Racecourse this April! As well as plenty of shopping, music, workshops, talks and tastings, we've got a packed programme of chef demonstrations, with some of the North East's best chefs cooking up a storm and sharing their tips and tricks. Check out the line-up below.
Eddie Saint, Jesmond Dene House

Friday 19th

11am Rhian Cradock, The Feathers Inn 

Rhian has been cheffing for more than 30 years. Having started in Newcastle he moved to London and worked in several Michelin-starred kitchens before moving back to the North East to open his own place – he has been at The Feathers for more than 15 years. The Feathers has won more than 40 national awards and Rhian continues to lead the way in local and seasonal cooking in the region.

12pm Chris Dodds, Beadnell Towers and Kitchen

Newly appointed head chef Chris blends local produce and food heritage with confident cooking and relaxed Northumbrian hospitality. Chris, who is from County Durham, embarked on his culinary journey at Ramside Hall and from there his professional path has led him to establishments such as Close House and the AA Rosette-awarded Lumley Castle, before arriving at Beadnell Towers and Kitchen. He has a passion for teaching and takes great joy in mentoring young apprentices, passing his skills on to the next generation of North East chefs.

1pm Michael White, Beach House

Michael is the chef behind the newly-redeveloped Beach House in Seahouses, and uses fresh ingredients sourced from our local area to create delicious dishes.   

2pm Eddie Saint, Jesmond Dene House

An accomplished chef and mentor, Eddie Saint assumed the role of executive head chef at Jesmond Dene House in 2023. He has worked at leading North East hotels since his beginnings as a commis chef at Hotel du Vin in 2009. Eddie’s tenure at the renowned Riley's Fish Shack deepened his expertise in seafood. Joining Jesmond Dene House in 2021 as senior sous chef, he has played a pivotal role in Fern Dining Room & Bar's success.

Hotel du Vin

Saturday 20th

11am Kyle Greenwood

During his time on hit show MasterChef: The Professionals Kyle Greenwood showcased his exceptional passion and skill in the kitchen. Kyle has worked in renowned restaurants across the country, from Newcastle to London. Currently serving as a sous-chef at Seaham Hall in Durham since 2021, he also offers private dining services. Recently, Kyle collaborated with MEATSTACK, Newcastle’s popular burger joint, to curate a special menu for NE1 Restaurant Week, infusing it with an Indian-inspired twist. The response from customers was overwhelmingly positive, and Kyle takes immense pride in bringing a unique and exciting culinary experience to the local food scene.

12pm Tomahawk Steakhouse

The award-winning Tomahawk Steakhouse group are well known across the region for serving mouth-watering Himalayan salt dry-aged steaks, sharing boards, and legendary Sunday roasts. The executive chef team will be joining us at Living North’s Christmas Fair to demonstrate their skills and share their expertise on everything steak. Explaining the tried and tested ways to cook the best tomahawk, wagyu sirloin or ribeye, they will let you in on all the hints and tips for cooking the perfect steak (as well as the secret to making the very best macaroni cheese, chimichurri and bacon and creamed peas at home).

1pm Hotel du Vin 

You’ll find the team at Hotel du Vin are passionate about wine and food, and their aim is to help you explore, discover, or simply enjoy your favourite wines, as their expert in-house wine ambassadors and bar teams draw from a cellar with an extensive mix of wines from around the world. From traditional quality Bordeaux and Burgundy through to trendy wines from the New World, Hotel du Vin promises something new for everyone.

2pm Alessandro Venturi, Spaghetti Junction

Alessandro is an Italian chef who specialises in pasta. He grew up in Rome and Matera in southern Italy under the guidance of his mentor, Michelin-starred chef Vitantonio Lombardo. Alessandro’s passion for traditional cooking inspired him to open a street food truck in York serving authentic regional Italian cuisine. His cooking has been featured in Rachel Roddy's Pasta Cookbook (An A-Z of Pasta: Stories, Shapes, Sauces, Recipes). Spaghetti Junction is his most recent project and launched last year.

Al Roberto, Simmer Kitchen

Sunday 21st

11am Kevin Mulraney, Bewicks Kitchen & Coffee House

Kevin was classically French trained at the Naval and Military Club in London, serving royalty and government diplomats. After his apprenticeship he worked in prestigious restaurants around the West End, including Morton's Club (where he achieved three Rosettes) and Soho’s iconic Lindsay House, achieving three Rosettes and a Michelin star, before opening his own restaurant, The Yacht Club, at St Katherine Docks. After returning to the North East with his family just over a decade ago, he acted as consultant chef to top outlets across the North East and Yorkshire, before settling down and launching his own restaurant, Bewicks. Expect London-style food and classic dishes with an eclectic twist.

12pm Al Roberto, Simmer Kitchen

Founder of Simmer Kitchen, Al Roberto (aka The Rock Star Chef) is from a large Italian family who emigrated to Leeds in the early 1970s. Al’s family has influenced the Italian food scene for some time, and now he is continuing to build on the legacy inspired by his roots. Al specialises in traditional Italian cuisine and fine dining with a modern touch, and has worked across Yorkshire. Now, he has developed Simmer Kitchen to bring private dining and event catering straight to the table. He has recently worked with Gregg Wallace and The Yorkshire Food & Drink Festival to bring crowds live food demos, Italian style. You can read more about his journey into cooking here.

1pm The Italian Wine Shop

A family business to its core, the team at The Italian Wine Shop is headed up by Angelica Sykes who is passionate about creating an immersive tasting experience for curious Brits who want to branch out into small-batch, authentic Italian wines. Whether you want something full-bodied for an indulgent late night dinner with friends, light and bubbly for getting ready with the girls, or something with enough character to transport you to a sunny beach far away, The Italian Wine Shop will be with you every step of the way with expert advice and friendly conversation.

2pm Richard Sim, The Potted Lobster

Richard is a Living North favourite and has been a touch busy of late as his Bamburgh restaurant, The Potted Lobster, has won Michelin plaudits. He’s also been busy developing the delightful new hotel and bistro combination in Alnmouth, The Whittling House. Plus, during the winter months, he’s occupied on the Northumbrian moors as his appreciation of the finest local produce (whether it’s game, fish or a raft of other seasonal fare) is vital to the success of his highly-regarded restaurants.

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