Chequerbent chef cooks up a storm 

John Kirby from Reedy's Naturally at a local produce market at Westhoughton Market
John Kirby from Reedy's Naturally at a local produce market at Westhoughton Market

A top chef will be serving up a feast at Westhoughton Market this Saturday (February 2).

Market traders have lined up successful local chef Nick Cullen, the owner of Nick’s Restaurant at Chequerbent in Westhoughton and Chorley Old Road, to perform a free cookery demo.

Mr Cullen will be cooking two dishes at 10.30am at the market, on Market Street. He will be using fresh, local produce sourced from Westhoughton and Bolton markets.

The demo has been organised to tie in with the popular monthly local produce market, which takes place from 10am to 4pm alongside the general market.

Traders taking part this month include artisan chocolatiers Urban Chocolate, Reedy’s Naturally who produce chutneys and jams, and fresh meat and sausage specialist Savin Hall Farm.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, said: “The traders were instrumental in the market winning the national Best Indoor Market award last year and they’re always coming up with innovative ideas to make their market even more of a success.

“It’s fantastic that they have secured a chef of the calibre of Nick to come to the market. We're really pleased that he’s coming and shoppers will have the chance to witness his culinary expertise for free.

“Nick’s a well known local chef and an advocate of local produce, and he is sure to inspire shoppers when he rustles up some fantastic dishes.”

Jean Coban, who runs the Lady’s Lingerie stalls, said: “We’ve invited Nick to do a cookery demonstration to attract new people and drive new footfall to the market.

“All the traders are very proactive in coming up with new ideas and events to keep the local produce market and the general market going.”

The market was awarded the Best Small Indoor Market of the year in 2012 by the National Association of British Market Authorities.

Westhoughton Market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9am to 4.30pm. A local produce market is held the first Saturday of every month.

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