TUCK BOX: All White on the night

Marco's head chef John Cluckie (left) with Marco Pierre White
Marco's head chef John Cluckie (left) with Marco Pierre White

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White got a first glimpse of his new Sheffield restaurant when he hosted a day of events there on Thursday.

The venue, on the site of the old West Bar police station, is part of a national chain that bears his name. He said: “The response from our customers since opening has been immense.”

A world of talent

Next week chefs from around the world arrive in Sheffield for the annual Skills for Chefs Conference.

The event, organised by Sheffield University and staged at City College, attracts professional chefs from across Europe and features top names from around the globe – this year including Spanish Master Chef judge Jordi Cruz, fellow Spaniard Angel Salvador, Martin Lippo from Argentina and Cem Erol from Istanbul. Erol will be among judges for the final of UK Young Restaurant Team of the Year, which includes a team from Sheffield College.

There are a few tickets left for the conference, which also features top British chefs. Tel: (0114) 222 8916.

Invitation to get on board

Tideswell School of Food – which hit the headlines when it starred in the BBC’s Village SOS – is looking for new board members.

The cookery school, which offers courses in everything from bread baking to brewing, is looking for volunteers to bring fresh skills and perspectives to the existing board, particularly those with experience in finance or business experience at any level.

More details from chair Pete Hawkins: 01298 872470.

Ferndale’s grand slam

Ferndale Garden Centre at Coal Aston is on the ball with a Wimbledon-inspired afternoon tea including sandwiches, quiche and cake topped with strawberries and cream. The cost is £10, or £16 for two.