Former Savoy Hotel head chef to cook up a storm in Durham

Gerard Basset and Anton Edelmann at Durham Cathedral
Gerard Basset and Anton Edelmann at Durham Cathedral
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The Savoy Hotel’s former head chef will be cooking up a storm at Durham Cathedral as part of a month-long celebration of food and drink.

Celebrity chef Anton Edelmann, who was maître chef des cuisines at the world-famous Savoy Hotel in London, will be serving a fine dining Georgian feast at The Undercroft restaurant in the cathedral as part of Taste Durham Month.

He’ll be joined on Friday night by Gerard Basset OBE, Master of Wine and Master Sommelier, who’ll be on hand to pair the wines with Anton’s dishes.

The event is set to be one of the highlights of the month which will see a host of themed dishes made available at restaurants, cafes, hotels and attractions across the county.

Aimed at showcasing the best local ingredients, all the dishes have a strong Durham connection with an emphasis on the foods available locally including dairy, lamb, beef, pork, handmade cheeses and home-grown fruit and vegetables.

Other venues taking place in the celebratory month, which takes place throughout October, include Lumley Castle in Chester-le-Street, Byron’s Restaurant at Seaham Hall, Raddison Blu and Kingslodge Inn in Durham City, Le Raaj in Chester Moor, Seaton Lane Inn and Tonia’s Cafe in Seaham.

Dishes on offer include the Teesdale Lead Miners’ Pasty, a Durham take on the Full English Breakfast, steak and ale pie, and lamb casserole.

A number of farm shops across the county are also putting on special displays of Durham food and drink.

Michelle Gorman, managing director of Visit County Durham, said: “Great food and drink is the perfect accompaniment to any visit, and Durham has a tasty and diverse offering from award-winning cheeses, artisan bakers, meats, vegetables and fish from our reservoirs – all the right ingredients to enjoy a real taste of Durham.”

Coun Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council, said: “Taste Durham Month is the ideal opportunity to celebrate the county’s food heritage and excellent local produce. Both the food and drink producers, as well as the fantastic array of restaurants, cafes and shops across the county, are not just a major draw for visitors but also play a big role in supporting our economy and creating jobs.”

Tickets for the Georgian Feast, which takes place from 7pm on Friday, October 7, are available here
To find out more about Taste Durham Month, visit: www.tastedurham.co.uk