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David McHattie (right) with head chef Russ Osborne at the Devonshire Arms, Baslow
David McHattie (right) with head chef Russ Osborne at the Devonshire Arms, Baslow

National hospitality director David McHattie has given up a high-powered CEO role to take hands-on control of his Devonshire Arms pub in Baslow.

But David, who grew up in Froggatt, is continuing his industry training commitment by offering apprenticeships to would-be chefs and staff: “We now have a solid, skilled kitchen team and we want to help develop young talent.”

He plans to put young chefs through an industry qualification like the Professional Cookery Diploma that he developed five years ago.


Celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala will be spicing up the menu at the Skills for Chefs conference by cooking a traditional Portuguese and Goan dinner on July 1.

"A lot of the spicing in Indian dishes originates from Portugal and I will be showcasing many of my own personal favourites," he says. Cyrus will bring a taste of his Café Spice Namasté to The Edge at Endcliffe, cooking for 150 chefs from as far away as Spain and Finland. A few dinner-only tickets are available to the public. Details: www.skillsforchefs.co.uk


Two of Sheffield's top chefs go head-to-head on Sunday in the first round of a summer charity cook-off.

Charlie Curran of Peppercorn and Jon Tite of The Showroom will compete at Whirlow Hall Farm on Sunday to win a place in the Sheff’s Kitchen finale. The winner will take on Lee Mangles of Silversmiths or James Mellor of West 10. Each will cook a three-course meal for 40 diners and two judges. Tickets £30: 0114 2352678.