TWO TV chefs will go head to head in Huddersfield.
The “Battle of the Celebrity Chefs” is set to be just one of the highlights of the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival next month.
Squaring up to each other, quite literally given the location in the revamped St George’s Square, will be Barrington Douglas and Tim Bilton.
Douglas, who runs the Discovery Bay restaurant in Huddersfield, has featured on The F Word with Gordon Ramsey and with Gary Rhodes on Rhodes Across The Caribbean.
Bilton, who runs The Butchers Arms at Hepworth, starred in the Great British Menu earlier this year.
Both will be pitting their culinary skills against each other in St George’s Square in front of an expected large audience when the Festival proper kicks off on August 12.
Organisers claim the Festival is now the biggest in West Yorkshire.
It runs until August 15 and is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.
As well as over 60 food and drink stalls, there will be cookery demonstrations and kids workshops.
And more local businesses than ever are coming on board and supporting the event by running fringe activities.
One of these was launched yesterday.
The Real Ale Trail brings together eight pubs in and around the town centre with good reputations for the quality of their beers.
Huddersfield has developed a reputation for great real ale pubs and is already a pivotal stop on the now famous Rail Ale Trail on the transPennine rail link.
The Ale Trail will give beer enthusiasts the chance to sample some locally brewed ale.
The pubs taking part are The Star at Folly Hall, the Rat and Ratchet, The Vulcan, The Kings Head, The Sportsman, The County, The Grove at Springwood and The Head of Steam.
Several of the pubs on the trail will be at the Food and Drink Festival.
Local restaurants are also getting involved in the Festival and on Saturday, August 7, a free Taste Trail is taking place around Huddersfield town centre.
Chefs will be giving out samples of everything from nachos to naan bread, gourmet burgers to Thai curry to get them in the foodie spirit and encourage new custom.
People are being invited to rate their experiences to find the Festival Restaurant of the Year.
Children will be shown how to make simple Asian food or they can get messy in the chocolate cookery tent.
Many town-centre shops will also be opening late on August 14, keeping their doors open to 9pm to give shoppers more time to wander around the stalls and sample the delights of the different stalls.