TV star Tim pops up in Preston

Tim Maddams at Fishergate Centre pop-up cookery show
Tim Maddams at Fishergate Centre pop-up cookery show
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TV chef and food writer Tim Maddams has been dishing up a culinary treat for visitors Preston’s Fishergate Shopping Centre.

Tim, who regularly co-featured in the hit TV series River Cottage, brought his take on cooking to Lancashire from his Devon home as part of a month-long cookery school running in the centre until July 19.

As well as giving some tips during his demonstrations he talked food with the audience, some of whom had travelled from North Yorkshire and Greater Manchester to see him in action.

During his time as head chef at River Cottage Tim pioneered ethical, local, seasonal produce and became a key spokesperson in the arena of responsibly-sourced food.

Wild food and quality produce forms the cornerstone of his culinary ethos and he served up a range of food ideas during his session.

He said: “I feel strongly about the importance of knowing where your food comes from – the ethics behind its production and knowing the sustainability of the ingredients.”

Tim is among a team of top chefs Barnoldswick stove maker ESSE has recruited for its month long Preston event.

James’ Places, owner of a host Lancashire restaurants and hotels, including Mitton Hall in Whalley, the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green and The Emporium in Clitheroe, is also supporting the pop up with cookery demonstrations from members of its team.

The company’s own in-house chef Steven Evans, who trained at Nigel Haworth’s Michelin-starred Northcote Manor, will also be giving cookery demonstrations.

Mark Blewitt, director of ESSE said: “He was a great hit with visitors and the afternoon was a tremendously enjoyable event serving up some great food and conversation.”