TV bakery star Stacie Stewart pops into Sunderland with new cookery venture

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MACKEMS will be able to tuck into North East-inspired food rustled up by a home-grown top TV chef.

Stacie Stewart, who this year appeared as judge alongside Loyd Grossman on ITV’s Food Glorious Food, will host a pop-up restaurant at the Roker Hotel next month.

The two sittings, which take place on August 3, will feature five courses of North East favourites such as panacalty, as well as British classics.

It’s a chance for Stacie - who this year released her first book Stacie Bakes, which sold 30,000 copies in its first three weeks of release - to pursue her passion for food just a stone’s throw from her home in Roker.

Since appearing on Food Glorious Food, a hunt for Britain’s best recipes, the 31-year-old has been snapped up to appear on numerous TV shows and cookery events including This Morning, Sunday Brunch, the BBC Good Food Show and the Gloucester Food Show.

“I’ve been asked by places across the country to do pop up restaurants but I’ve always been too busy,” said Stacie, who rose to prominence after reaching the semi-finals of Masterchef in 2010.

“But when the Roker asked me, I jumped at the chance.

“The meals will have a real British flavour, nothing too fancy, just good food.

“A lot of the dishes I’ll be preparing are inspired by my time on Masterchef.”

As well as juggling cooking duties around the country, Stacie is in the midst of writing her second book.

Keith Donkin, director at Roker Hotel, said: “We approached Stacie because we could see a gap in the market for this type of dining experience. It’s a really local menu with locally-sourced produce which is really important to us a company.”

The pop-up restaurant will be held in the hotel’s Harbour Suite, formerly Thai China which closed in February.

“This is the first in a series of pop-up restaurants we have planned,” added Keith.

•Stacie’s pop-up restaurant will be at the Roker Hotel on August 3 at 6pm and 9pm, priced £40 a head. To book call 567 1786.