Countryside Live showcases local food

This year’s Countryside Live will get taste buds tingling, with top chefs demonstrating how to beat the credit crunch by cooking on a shoestring as well as helping those with busy lives to cook a curry in a hurry.

Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern will be getting visitors in the seasonal spirit by cooking locally sourced game. And it is Mr Pern’s farming background that inspired him to open up a 14th century thatched inn in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, serving locally sourced food.

“More than 85% of the food we serve at The Star at Harome is sourced within a 25-mile radius. Being situated on the top of the Vale of York means you have most things on your doorstep.

“Fish is from the North Sea, milk from local dairy and cheese from local producers. Owning a butcher’s shop in Helmsley selling meat from local farmers and estates means we know where all our produce is coming from. We have got a good network of professional and amateur supplier’s providing us with quality produce.

“We also have our own market garden growing herbs, fruit and vegetables for the restaurant providing ingredients for all areas of catering,” says Mr Pern. And, with the rise in fuel prices, Mr Pern says it makes sense to source food locally to avoid rising costs.

A sample of what’s on in the Cookery Theatre at Countryside Live


  • 10:45-11:15am In a Hurry? Cook a Curry. Watch Prett Tejura from Curry Cuisine cook up a few tasty numbers.
  • 2:30-2:55pm Meals in Minutes – the challenge is on. Hilary Finney from Harmony House Cookery School produces a three-course meal in 30 minutes.


  • 12:30-12:55pm Black Pudding and Foie Gras – Andrew Pern prepares his classic signature dish.
  • 3:30-3:55pm Yorkshire Life Food Quiz – a chance to win a special prize as your food knowledge is put to the test.