He’s more used to judging raspberry parfaits than Yorkshire puddings - but MasterChef star John Torode has declared it one of his top northern dishes.
The Australian chef and restaurateur, well known for his role on the world’s biggest food-related television show, will demonstrate dishes for fans as part of the Festival of Food and Drink at Clumber Park near Worksop next weekend.
John appeared at Chatsworth House near Bakewell only last week, alongside Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry, and has also taken part in an event in Bolton recently.
He told The Star: “I love northern food, it’s honest and it’s great food.
“Lancashire hotpot is pretty classic but I do love a black pudding from up north, it is just unbelievable up here.
“I like Yorkshire pudding especially when it is dessert, so I cover it in jams and creams, that’s really amazing.”
John - who moved to the UK in the 1990s and started working at Conran Group’s restaurants - said there had been a revolution in British food since he came from Down Under.
“Over the last two decades the food in this country has changed completely - you can see the difference”, he said, while eating home-made banana bread.
“There’s always been an interest in food, and lots of food shows as Jamie Oliver is a case in point, people are attracted to it because it is a subject they understand, everybody has to eat.”
Fans will have to wait and see what cuisine John crafts in the festival’s cookery theatre, although he is hoping to use ingredients from the park’s beautiful walled kitchen garden and influences from his new book, called My Kind of Food and released this week.
He said it could involve a fish curry or dishes for brunch - an Australian and American trend which is taking off in the UK - although he did show fans at Chatsworth how to boil an egg to show how to master the basics.
John said: “I’ve devoted a whole chapter of the book to breakfasts and brunch because I think it is that important.
“I think brunch is becoming more popular here because it is about people socalising more together, which is becoming rarer and rarer as we are all so busy.
“If you can get some time with your family and enjoy breakfast it is a great thing.
“The book came about because when I cook at home I never write down the recipes, it’s the kind of meals I like to eat with my family so its everything from bacon bread to spiced lamb.”
Asked about his worst-ever meal, he added: “As far as the worst food I try not to remember them - I try to block it out.
“People forget it’s not about one thing, it is the experience. The food is secondary, if you are in a bad mood and in a fantastic restaurant the food will still taste awful.”
And his top tip for budding chefs wanting to elevate their dishes was to practise.
“Find a couple of sishes that you like to cook and cook them over and over until you get really good at them”, he said.
“The other thing I would say is if you think it is a little bit too complicated, it probably is.”
Celebrity book signings, expert cookery instruction, and a food and drink marquee will also be at the festival in Clumber Park. Indian chef Anjula Devi, and bake-off contestant Chetna Makin will also star.
The Star had ten pairs of tickets to the event, which runs on September 19 and 20, for readers to win.
Winners have been chosen.
For more information about the festival, or to buy tickets, visit www.festivaloffoodanddrink.co.uk.