Masterful line-up of chefs

Brian Turner
Brian Turner

Sheffield University is planning a star-studded line-up of chefs this summer to mark the 20th anniversary of its link with the Master Chefs of Great Britain.

The partnership began with a gourmet dinner in 1996 and it will be celebrated with a ‘black tie’ event in Firth Hall on April 2, featuring guest speaker Brian Turner.

David McKown, director of the university’s high-profile annual Skills for Chefs conference, has lined up a programme of special events, all open to the public. The first, on February 26, is a Goan Feast at Inox Dine, presented by Indian chef Cyrus Todiwala.


Artists, from the Arctic Monkeys to Richard Hawley have used the Yellow Arch Studios at Neepsend. Now the Burton Road venue is open to the public following this week’s launch of an evening café bar. With a Moroccan feel, the cosy, candlelit space, complete with piano, is open from 6pm seven nights a week and also for special events.


The season of goodwill generated a £300 gift for the St Wilfrid’s day centre, thanks to customers at Street Food Chef. The Mexican food specialist, run by Abi and Richard Golland, gave 10 per cent of profits from sale of special Christmas items to the cause.


Scottish bard Robert Burns will be the toast of customers at the city’s Wetherspoons pubs from Monday, in the run-up to Burns’ Night (January 25). On the menu will be traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, and a Highland burger with haggis and whisky sauce.