A celebrity chef will showcase the talents of Huddersfield’s Syrian cheesemaker Razan Alsous.
TV cook James Martin will feature Razan on his brand new BBC Two series Home Comforts due to air early next year.
Razan, 31, who fled the war in her homeland two years ago, makes halloumi cheese in Linthwaite under the name Yorkshire Dama Cheese.
Now James wants to share her secret recipe and methods far and wide to highlight the breadth of creative cuisines being cooked up in the UK.
Filming has already taken place at Razan’s production centre in Manchester Road for an episode to be screened in January.
Razan said: “I’ve no idea how or why but his TV production team got in touch with me and said they were looking for something unusual and had come across me and my story.
“They then told James and he picked me to be included in his series.
“His team came down and filmed me making the cheese, which I do by heating pasteurised milk, adding vegetarian rennet and herbs, pressing the cheese then cooking it and leaving it to mature in brine.
“They also filmed me making a Syrian delicacy – a fatayer – which I make with halloumi cheese, pastry and an egg on top.
“Then we travelled to the farm where I get my milk, Windy Bank dairy in Liversedge, to show where I get my milk from.
“I’m really excited to be on TV and happy that they chose me to be a part of his programme.”
In the programme Yorkshireman James will focus on foods with intriguing backgrounds that can be made at home.
Razan’s business success continues apace as she is due to open a deli in the Packhorse Centre in Huddersfield later this month.
“I hope that being on TV will generate even more interest in my cheese and fatayer and encourage more people to visit the town and the Packhorse Centre,” she said.