Rotherham Food and Drink Show 2017

Saturday 20th May 10am till 6pm
Sunday 21st May 10am till 4pm

A foodies delight, this two-day show is completely free entry to the public and will include live cookery demonstrations from leading chefs in a state of the art kitchen theatre, artisans and specialists exhibiting delicious produce, drink and cocktail bars, street food and a selection of restaurants cooking an array of dishes from around the world. 


Steph Moon

Steph Moon

Yorkshire Chef Stephanie Moon  has worked for world famous chef Anton Mosimann and is currently Chef Consultant at Rudding Park cooking with some of the finest produce from the park’s extensive kitchen gardens. 

Stephanie has travelled the world working in some of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants  and has also been on BBC 2s Great British Menu and BBC1s Chefs put your menu where your mouth is.

 Stephanie is a recognised figure on the Yorkshire food scene and has many accolades to her credit including Yorkshire Life magazine Chef of the Year and Deliciously Yorkshire Champion to name a few.

Ministry of Food

Ministry of Food

The Ministry of Food campaign is about changing the way we eat. We all need to know how to cook, to make sure our children don’t grow up on a diet of processed food – at school or at home – and so they won’t have to battle obesity and diet-related illnesses when they grow up. Cooking is one of the most important skills a person can have. It has been proven that families who cook together eat better. A small change in your kitchen could save the life of someone you love. We need to do something now, before it’s too late. 

Jamie Oliver wants to prove that anyone can learn to cook – that it’s fun, cool, can save you money and can help you, your family and friends to live a healthier life. Jamie’s Ministry of Food Rotherham re-opened in September 2014, funded by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Rotherham’s Ministry of Food is operated by not-for-profit organisation – Zest Health for Life. Zest offers support and opportunities to people living in disadvantaged areas of Yorkshire. Their vision is ‘happier, healthier, stronger communities’

What does the Ministry of Food provide?

Cooking courses for the general public in the Rotherham area, aged 16 and over.

How long does each course run?

We hold weekly classes for a total of eight weeks. Each lesson lasts 1 and a half hours. You will learn to prepare and cook lots of healthy affordable meals.

What can I expect from the session?

You will be taught to cook a variety of different meals by our qualified trainers. We start off with basic recipes, and build up to cooking more advanced dishes. You will gain loads of handy hints and tips to help you become an expert in the kitchen!

When do these courses run?

We currently have courses running throughout the day, from Monday to Saturdays. The courses are run in a friendly atmosphere with a great mix of recipes and people.

What are the costs of attending a course?

You can pay £7.50 per week, or £60 for the full course. Students, or people in receipt of benefits pay a discounted rate of £4.50 a week or £35 for the full course.

What should I bring?

Please bring along some food containers to take home all the lovely food you make, as well as an apron (although we can provide these if needed). Please also bring payment if you are paying for your session on a weekly basis.

Do I need to have experience in the kitchen in order to do the course?

No! This cookery course is designed so that anyone can take part – no matter if you are an absolute beginner or just want to brush up on your skills and learn new recipe ideas.
Matthew Benson-Smith

Matthew Benson-Smith

Matthew trained in Paris with a Michelin-starred chef, sparking his passion for perfection in cuisine. His glittering career has seen him achieve multiple AA rosettes and Michelin recognition in a wealth of world-renowned restaurants – not to mention a stint as chef to the Prime Minister.
Matthew has always used his expertise to help others. He’s supported restaurant launches, developed products for big name brands such as Marks & Spencer and coached businesses and chefs to success. As Director of The Cooking School at Dean Clough, Matthew led the team to become Best Cookery School in Britain and won various awards for his renowned apprenticeship programme.
Matthew’s experience has led to media work including chef consultancy for BBC’s Village SOS and Channel 5’s The Great Northern Cookbook as well as being the regular food expert on BBC Radio Leeds. He has also enjoyed working alongside many celebrity chefs from James Martin to Gino d’Acampo.
Now with his own Academy in Yorkshire, Matthew and his team continue to empower others to achieve their cooking goals – whether they’re home cooks, future chefs or professionals who want to make positive changes in their kitchens.

​Matthew's career highlights
  • Chef to the Prime Minister
  • Landmark Hotel London (Sous Chef restaurant) 3 AA Rosettes
  • Browns Hotel Mayfair  (Sous Chef restaurant) 3 AA Rosettes
  • Hole in the Wall Bath (Head Chef) Michelin Red M
  • Hazlewood Castle (Head Chef) 3 AA Rosettes
  • Rudding Park Hotel (Head Chef) 2 AA Rosettes
  • Product development - multiple supermarkets (including Marks and Spencers)

Recent awards and industry recognition:
  • Member of Master Chefs of Great Britain (MCGB)
  • Yorkshire Life Magazine Educational Award winner
  • Best British Cookery School Award (The Cooking School at Dean Clough)
  • BBC Radio Leeds Food Expert
  • Peoples First trained as a Customer Service trainer

Contact Matthew

Email Matthew on  or call on 07735 480107

Matthew Benson-Smith    MCGB
Managing Director

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