This year in the Kitchen Theatre sponsored by Stoves, we bring together some of the country’s finest food and drink producers and celebrity chefs. You’ll experience expert cooking and baking demonstrations live on stage, for free. Learn how to make delicious and creative seasonal recipes to impress family and friends, plus pick-up top tips and leave inspired.

Chefs will also share their secrets, tips and tricks, and answer all your culinary questions.

Take a look at our timetable of demonstrations below and head to the drop down section for more information on each of the free to attend kitchen sessions. You can also find out more about the producers, chefs and experts leading them. 

*Timetable subject to change.

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Sara Ward will be joining us in the Harrogate Country Living Kitchen for this demonstration at noon on Thursday and Saturday and 3pm on Friday. 

Session description: 

Welcome Christmas to your home with this irresistible celebration bake, perfect for a gift or as a top teatime treat. An enriched dough folded around a filling of apricots, pecans and brown sugar and wound into a wreath before baking. Finished with a glaze of apricot jam and a drizzle of icing. This demonstration will include working with a sweet dough, creating a sumptuous filling, shaping your wreath and tips for baking, storing and serving. 

More about Sara:

Over recent years Sara Ward and her family have transformed their Victorian terrace house in West London into an urban smallholding, Hen Corner. They are living the good life complete with 24 hens, three colonies of honey bees, a fruitful kitchen garden and a micro bakery which is making 30-40 loaves of bread each Friday along with hundreds of sticky buns, cakes and savoury treats. 

Sara Ward will be joining us in the Harrogate Country Living Kitchen for this demonstration at 3pm on Thursday, noon on Friday and 1pm on Sunday. 

Session description: 

Traditionally, families would make their Christmas puddings on the last Sunday before Advent, prompted by the prayers read in church ‘Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that they bringing forth the fruit of good works…’ This would cause many in the congregation to rush home thinking ‘Stir-up, fruit, Christmas Pudding time!’ 

Sara Ward from Hen Corner will be demonstrating her favourite recipe, recently awarded a Great Taste Award, that is nice and flexible as a make ahead finale for your Christmas feast. 

More about Sara:

Over recent years Sara Ward and her family have transformed their Victorian terrace house in West London into an urban smallholding, Hen Corner. They are living the good life complete with 24 hens, three colonies of honey bees, a fruitful kitchen garden and a micro bakery which is making 30-40 loaves of bread each Friday along with hundreds of sticky buns, cakes and savoury treats. 

Ben Wright will be joining us in the Harrogate Country Living Kitchen at 2pm on Thursday and 1pm on Friday. 

Session description to be announced soon. 

More about Tom: 

This year’s MasterChef Champion Tom stunned with his subtle use of big flavours and ingredients, his striking palate, and his ability to create innovative dishes bringing all these elements together in perfect harmony. He’s proud to admit that he’s obsessed with cooking and developing new recipes, and as such he’s been a huge hit on the food festival scene. He’s travelled the country from Durham to Brighton to showcase his wonderful cookery ideas and has also become a regular on ITV’s This Morning where he wowed hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary with his skills. Tom thrives on creating beautiful recipes and content to share with at home cooks. 

Tom Rhodes will be joining us in the Harrogate Country Living Kitchen at 1pm and 3pm on Satuday and 2pm on Friday.

Session description to be announced shortly.

More about Tom: 

This year’s MasterChef Champion Tom stunned with his subtle use of big flavours and ingredients, his striking palate, and his ability to create innovative dishes bringing all these elements together in perfect harmony. He’s proud to admit that he’s obsessed with cooking and developing new recipes, and as such he’s been a huge hit on the food festival scene. He’s travelled the country from Durham to Brighton to showcase his wonderful cookery ideas and has also become a regular on ITV’s This Morning where he wowed hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary with his skills. Tom thrives on creating beautiful recipes and content to share with at home cooks. 

Rob Handy will be joining us in the Harrogate Country Living Kitchen at 2pm on Saturday. 

Session description:

Rob Handy uses some of his finest food forest winter produce to create a simple yet hearty & wholesome, warming one pot wonder.  

If it’s not growing in the garden it doesn’t go in the pot!

More about Rob: 

A Somerset gardener, born & bred, Rob Handy started his own forest garden project in 2013, which was featured in an episode of the BBC’s Gardeners’ World in September 2019.

He regularly gives talks & lectures to the schools and gardening clubs of the South West on all things permaculture, with subjects ranging from ‘perennial vegetables for the smaller garden’ to ‘the benefits of balanced bee-keeping’.

Rob is truly passionate about working with nature, as opposed to against it, which is something that becomes evident to those who see him in action, either at one of his talks or educational experiences.

Joe Hurd will be joining us in the Harrogate Country Living Kitchen on Friday and Saturday 4pm.

Session description to be announced soon. 

More about Joe: 

As a proud Yorkshireman with Italian heritage, Joe Hurd’s interests in cooking were inspired by these influences from day one. Joe’s cooking style is unfussy, accessible and always about the flavour, and he’s passionate about sharing his knowledge of traditional Italian recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques with home cooks. As a chef, Joe has worked alongside Jamie Oliver, Gennaro Contaldo and the late, great Antonio Carluccio. He’s a regular guest presenter on BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen, on stage at festivals and events across the UK.

Rob Handy will be joining us in the Harrogate Country Living Kitchen for this demonstration at noon on Sunday. 

Session description:

A quick & easy, yet warming & nutritious veggie breakfast crafted with winter forage from Robs food forest. 

More about Rob: 

A Somerset gardener, born & bred, Rob Handy started his own forest garden project in 2013, which was featured in an episode of the BBC’s Gardeners’ World in September 2019.

He regularly gives talks & lectures to the schools and gardening clubs of the South West on all things permaculture, with subjects ranging from ‘perennial vegetables for the smaller garden’ to ‘the benefits of balanced bee-keeping’.

Rob is truly passionate about working with nature, as opposed to against it, which is something that becomes evident to those who see him in action, either at one of his talks or educational experiences.

Barret Jones will be joining us in the Harrogate Country Living Kitchen at 1pm on Thursday and 2pm on Friday. 

Session description to be announced soon. 

More about Barret: 

At the helm of The Garden House Restaurant is Barret Jones, whose repertoire of work spans some of New Zealand’s most sought after restaurants as well as more exclusive work as a private chef to prominent families in the UK. As such, there is no-one better placed than Chef Barret to oversee the charming and cosy Garden House Restaurant that serves comforting, home-cooked fare. Chef Barret is passionate about locally sourced, fresh ingredients which, where possible, are sourced from the onsite kitchen garden and nearby suppliers. Some of his signature dishes at The Garden House Restaurant include The Josper Grilled Stonebass, Wild Mushroom Risotto and Crispy Polenta Squid.