Tuck Box: David is a master of his art

David McKown (left) of Skills for Chefs and Sheraton chef Andrew Bennett
David McKown (left) of Skills for Chefs and Sheraton chef Andrew Bennett

DAVID McKown, the man who has masterminded the Sheffield-based Skills for Chefs conference for 15 years, has been made an honorary Master Chef of Great Britain.

David, head of training for Sheffield University’s commercial arm, received the award during the gala dinner at last week’s conference. Andrew Bennett, director of the Park Lane Sheraton, said: “This award is long overdue for the contribution that David McKown has made to the industry and we wanted to acknowledge his achievements.”

Tramlines treat

Tramlines sausages will be top of the menu at Chris Beech’s ‘inner-city farm shop’ this weekend. The new recipe, featuring sage and red onion, has been created exclusively for the CADS barbecue in Smithfield Street, from 4pm on Saturday – but samples will be available all day at Beech’s. Customers can also enjoy a preview of the Olympic Sausage Ring – “The Greek god of all sausages!” – made with grill oil and cracked black pepper.

Graze anatomy

the former Champs diner in Ecclesall Road is to close on July 23 and reopen in September as Graze Inn pub and restaurant.

The relaunch was announced this week by owners BrewKitchen. Focus of the new venue will be on affordable food for sharing, with an every day ‘kids eat free’ policy. Chef director Richard Smith, whose group also runs Artisan and Relish, said: “We looked at what we thought Eccy Road was missing and have addressed that with the pub and restaurant elements of Graze Inn.”

Bakewell pop-up

Hartington’s cookery school in Bakewell is staging the first in a series of pop-up events on Saturday when the converted mill becomes a tearoom and art gallery for the day.

Sheffield artist Wildago will be exhibiting and selling her work, while baker Emma Mitchell will be offering refreshments including her new Bakewell Pudding cupcakes. Find the event at Rutland Mill, off Coombs Road, 10am-3pm, admission free.

Charity’s Hidden Gem

City charity Work Ltd is revealing its Hidden Gem on Saturdays, 10am-3pm, until the end of July. The café, in Folkwood Grove at Bents Green, is run by students with learning difficulties, under the supervision of a professional cook. A variety of homemade food is on offer, alongside a shop selling jewellery, stained glass and other crafts.

Honours for Casa

Casa Hotel in Chesterfield has been awarded a second AA rosette for its Cocina restaurant. The hotel retains its status as the highest-rated four-star hotel in Derbyshire.

Head chef Andrew Wilson has just launched a summer menu featuring a green vegetable risotto and new season lamb and pork, reared on Casa’s own organic farm.

Taste of Tuscany

Tuscany will be flavour of the day at Kitchen, Ecclesall Road, on Friday, with an 11-wine tasting; tickets £40 including food.

Every Tuesday is Supper Club at the bistro, which won the Good Food Guide’s national award for value: two courses for £14, three for £17, wine from £9 or BYO.