Tuck Box

University of Sheffield master chef Tracy Carr
University of Sheffield master chef Tracy Carr

Frosty reception

wEEKS of preparation ended in disappointment on Saturday when the national Master Chefs’ Dinner, due to be hosted by Sheffield University, was cancelled due to heavy snow.

Executive chef Tracy Carr – one of only five female Master Chefs in the UK – had planned a lavish seven-course menu on the theme of Classics Revisited. Traditional oxtail soup, peach melba and sage chicken were given a gourmet make-over in preparation for the illustrious event at Firth Hall, for which guests had paid £70 per head.

Now the team will have to wait until July to show off their skills to the cream of the nation’s culinary experts at the annual Skills for Chefs Conference.

Back to front

The former Kitchen restaurant in Ecclesall Road is to reopen in May, with new management and a new name.

Back of House will be a fine British eatery, using locally sourced, seasonal produce and also serving craft ales and artisan wines.

The project is a collaboration between bar specialist Thomas Robjohns, entrepreneur Jaye Taylor and chef Richard Bucklow. It is due to open on May 17.

Tasty new arrival

Meanwhile, the latest arrival in Ecclesall Road is designed to appeal to all tastes. Xenophily Café (it means ‘an attraction to foreign people, cultures and customs’) has taken over the former premises of Taste, near Hunter’s Bar roundabout. Run by Rachel German, who previously ran the food operations of a four-star hotel and a boutique hotel in Leeds, it serves food of Turkish Syrian origin. The menu features a range of all-day breakfasts, sandwiches and mezze.

Sporting chance

Sporting heroes are set to put their culinary talents to the test next weekend as they cook up a three-course dinner – and raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice. Two local sports stars will team up with two city foodies for the Hell’s Kitchen afternoon at G Casino on Sunday, April 7. The final line-up has not yet been revealed, but dinner tickets are now available, priced £5.

Raising the bar

The Forum Café Bar group has opened its first pub outside Sheffield. The restored Crown and Anchor in Barugh Lane, Barnsley, is modelled on the successful formula of award-winning siblings the Broadfield and the York. It serves local handpull ales, a good selection of wines and cocktails and a menu featuring hand-made pies and sausages, vegetarian dishes and the classic Barnsley chop.

Meanwhile, the lower bar at the original Forum, overlooking Devonshire Green, has undergone a £50,000 refit. The new-look bar is a café by day, with a new barista in charge and the emphasis on coffee, sandwiches and cake.