VIDEO: ‘Marvellous to be back’ says Brian Turner on Leeds return

Chef Brian Turner at the Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival in Millenium Square, Leeds.
Chef Brian Turner at the Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival in Millenium Square, Leeds.

Morley’s Ready Steady Cook star treated Leeds to an array of cooking demonstrations and dishes in last week’s Food and Drink Festival.

Brian Turner, a former pupil of Morley Grammar School, launched the finale of the festival, Yorkshire’s Food and Drink Show, last Friday in Millennium Square.

The top chef, who trained at Leeds College of Food Technology, gave another demonstration at the Merrion Centre later that day.

He said: “It’s blooming marvellous to be back. I can smell fish and chips and it’s getting better by the minute.”

Brian, who now lives in London, said that he regularly returns to Morley and drives past his old house as well as his auntie’s. It is his Yorkshire roots that have inspired a lot of his cooking.

“Honesty, true dishes and good taste. That’s Leeds and Morley all over. It’s great.”

The modest chef demonstrated dishes such as home-made meatballs that he said “aren’t difficult but have a good flavour to them”.

He even showed healthy ways to cook fish although 
he admitted that his all-time favourite dish is fish and chips. He also declared his love for at the Mermaid fish 
restaurant in Morley and 
Morley Market.

Brian, who was keen to promote local produce such as Yorkshire rapeseed oil and garlic, said: “Local produce travels less miles, it’s fresher it’s cheaper, it’s got to be good for you.”

He rounded off his appearances with a demonstration on a specially customised unit at Kirkgate Market on Saturday morning.

To see Brian cook up a treat, go to morleyobserver.co.uk to watch our video of Brian Turner at the Leeds Food and Drink Festival.