Top chefs help launch pop-up cookery school

ESSE chef Steven Evans, Dave Dugdale, head chef of The Emporium, Clitheroe, Carol Sleet of James' Places, Sophia Gray, retail liaison manager of the FIshergate Shopping Centre and Alix Eltringham, ESSE marketing manager. (s)

ESSE chef Steven Evans, Dave Dugdale, head chef of The Emporium, Clitheroe, Carol Sleet of James' Places, Sophia Gray, retail liaison manager of the FIshergate Shopping Centre and Alix Eltringham, ESSE marketing manager. (s)

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A team of top chefs including Clitheroe’s Dave Dugdale have been recruited by Lancashire stove manufacturer ESSE to help launch the county’s first ever pop up cookery school.

The event, which will run until July 19th at Preston’s Fishergate Shopping Centre, has been created to launch the Barnoldswick-based company’s latest industry leading product.

Celebrity chef Tim Maddams, formerly of TV’s River Cottage, is among the culinary experts who will be sharing their tips and favourite recipes with visitors to the school and showroom.

Leading chefs from some of Lancashire’s favourite dining venues and gastro-pubs will also be involved in the event, including Dave, head chef at The Emporium in Clitheroe, who helped launch the pop up.

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

ESSE is holding the cookery school in its pop up showroom in the Fishergate Shopping Centre which will be open until July 19th.

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

Visitors will have the chance to see its new ESSE EL 13AMP – the most advanced 13amp heat storage cooker on the market – being used by the chefs to create their trademark dishes.

And local companies and organisations are invited to come along and enjoy their own personal cookery lesson during the month long pop up.

There is a maximum 30 guests per demonstration and advanced booking is required. Contact Pauline Sharples at ESSE on 01282 813 235 to reserve your organisation’s slot. Or email: reception@esse.com