Top chef to cook at market 

03/11/10

The head chef of the Olive Press is doing a free cookery demonstration at Bolton Market tomorrow (November 4).

Robin Beeson will cook dishes in the market kitchen, from 11am to 1pm, using ingredients bought fresh from the market.

The dishes he will be rustling up all feature on the restaurant’s main menu: prawn, chilli and coriander spaghetti and Italian-themed Eton mess.

Robin has been with the Olive Press, on Nelson Square, for eight months, and performed his first live cookery demonstration at Bolton’s Food and Drink festival earlier this year.

He said: “This is a great way for us to promote the Bolton restaurant and also to build links with Bolton Market and the local community.

“Tomorrow’s our first event and the plan is to use the cookery kitchen regularly depending on interest. We’d also like to use the kitchen for testing recipe ideas and showcasing new recipes.”

The market is popular with a number of famous chefs including Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers and Tom Bridge, who launched his book at the market in September.

Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, added: “The wealth of fresh, quality produce at reasonable prices on offer, together with the kitchen has really seen the market prosper in the last few years.

“It’s great that we have a chef of Robin’s calibre who wants to cook at the market regularly. This is a wonderful way for foodies and aspiring chefs to pick up tips for free. It’s also a great way for a local business to connect with the public and showcase their restaurant.”

More than 2.5 million people visit the market annually, which sells everything from fish to fabric, gifts and plants.

The market was awarded the title of Britain's Best Indoor Market Hall by the National Association of British Market Authorities earlier this year.

The indoor and outdoor market is open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. The car boot market is open Sunday, 7.30am to 2pm.

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