The aims of the food festival are to showcase not only what Cottingham has to offer but also what producers from the East Riding have to offer. Here in the East Riding we have some of the best food production in the country from farm produce to cottage industries, to locally made beers and wines. Furthermore, we have one of the longest coastlines of any English County offering a fantastic array of fish and shellfish.
We also aim to welcome almost 1,000 students to Cottingham, many leaving home for the first time. Our chefs will be cooking up some low cost and healthy meals to give a good start for themselves and their academic studies resulting in them hopefully using the businesses in the village for the year that they are with us.
On the day itself we have top celebrity chefs who will demonstrate their favourite dishes using ingredients from our stall holders. There has been great interest in having stalls and we are hoping for 40 stalls from suppliers exclusively from the East Riding.
Michelin star chefs at Cottingham Food Festival
Colin McGurran, Rob Porter and James Mackenzie
In taking over Winteringham Fields, Colin McGurran was able to fulfill a lifelong dream. Born in Zambia, to Irish and Scottish parents, and then moving to the UAE when he was six, Colin's influences are eclectic to say the least.
After studying catering at Bournemouth College, his first work placement was at the 2-Michelin starred Domaines Haut de Loire in Onzain, France. One of his first managerial positions was with the Rotana Hotels chain in Abu Dhabi, working for the UAE Royal family as banqueting manager. The high standards expected of him by his employers have formed the basis of his own standards to this day.
Colin's diverse experience equipped him in 2001 to take on his first business venture, The Woolpack Country Inn in West Yorkshire. It was a family venture; Colin and his sister Alyson made the Woolpack one of the best restaurants in the area.
Winteringham Fields is the goal Colin had been aiming for. Maintaining the high standards set by Germain and Annie Schwab is a tough challenge, but one that he relishes.
Green Room Restaurant
Open since October 2006, The Green Room has become one of Scarborough’s most popular restaurants, offering a range of menus.
Chef Proprietor Robert Porter trained in a Michelin starred restaurant in Jersey before opening his own site in the seaside town. Using quality local produce, Robert devises seasonal menus, creating a taste experience which has attracted a wide, and loyal customer base.
The Pipe and Glass Inn
Dating back to the 15th century, the Pipe & Glass Inn stands on the site of the original gatehouse to Dalton Park, still the residence of Lord Hotham. It was here that some of the visitors to the 'great house' were offered hospitality and lodgings during their stay. The old gatehouse was eventually replaced by the present building, part of which is 17th century.
James and Kate took over The Pipe & Glass Inn in March 2006, and undertook a full refurbishment. The bar has kept a country pub feel, while the restaurant was transformed into a warm, welcoming, more contemporary area, with bespoke wooden tables made to James and Kate’s specifications, and a conservatory area looking out over the garden and housing a spectacular long table seating up to 28 for those of you with lots of friends! There is also plenty of room for dining outside