Of taste 2017
Steven Smith is the Chef Patron of the multi-award winning Freemasons at Wiswell.
Industry recognition has been plentiful, starting with Steven’s Best Newcomer Award in The Publican
Awards in 2011. From there, The Freemasons has enjoyed a top 10 ranking in the Top 50 Gastropubs
(moving up to fourth place this year), been included in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, as the only
pub to make the list, and for the last three successive years, has been named the Waitrose Good Food
Guide No.1 Pub, as the only pub to receive a coveted seven out of ten.
As well as winning his third AA rosette, maintaining Freemasons Michelin status and personally winning the
Acorn Award that recognises excellence in the industry under 30, Steven Smith has a team that rises to the
occasion as well, with Aga Tyczka winning The Front of House Award at last year’s Top 50 Gastropubs.
The Freemasons latest accolades include winning the Best Tourism Pub in 2015’s Visit England Awards, and
winning Best Food Pub at 2016’s Great British Pub Awards. In addition, The Freemasons came in the top 25
for Square Meal’s Top 100 Restaurants and was included in MSN’s Best Pubs in the UK.
Yu Young Chefs
Krzysztof has always had a passion for cooking since he was a young boy but his journey with cooking
started at the age of 15 whilst attending culinary college in Poland. In 2013, he graduated from college and
joined Polands renowned chef Dominik Brodziak in his restaurant.
Learning skills from Dominik and the experience of being a part of a team in the kitchen, Krzysztof soon
decided he wanted to expand his knowledge and moved to the UK,
Krzysztof joined Victor and the team in November 2015 and alongside the team helped to open the kitchen
for Yu Alderley Edge, since joining Yu he has played an important role with supporting Victor and Head
Chef Yuk Ming Man in developing menus.
Krzysztof has entered into various chef competitions too including the Wing Yip Young Chef where he came
second, a huge achievement for him out of such strong competition and he also won Cheshire Young Chef of the Year 2016.
Justin and Kenny are our Chinese chefs and then we have Adam who is from Poland , who all work closely
alongside Krzysztof and have been very much looking forward to creating this menu together.
Victor Yu & Ming Man
Victor’s career started as a KP for his father Charlie Yu in 1989, before moving to front of house then starting in the
kitchen as a chef at the age of 22. Combined with the skills learnt from his father, collaborations with other well
known chefs, and travels across Asia, Victor honed and refined his style, becoming head chef at 28.
After opening Yu & You in Horwich in 1989, the Yu’s opened the doors to the award-winning Copster Green in 2004.
Winning “Best Chinese Restaurant” in the UK by Gordon Ramsey, the restaurant quickly earned a sterling reputation which has only grown in momentum over this past decade.
In November 2015, Victor and brother Vinny Yu opened new venture Yu Alderley Edge, which is very much a venue
which enjoys the evolution of Victor’s cooking, with dishes such as Blackened Cod with Miso & Champagne and
Victor Yu’s deconstructed Crispy Duck and Pancakes. Yu has won the Legacy of Taste 2016- 3 tier pagoda award,
Cheshire Life food and drink awards 2016 and the Eat, Sleep, Drink Award for Best International cuisine 2017.
Victor has collaborated with a number of chefs, launching the sell-out Odyssey of Taste at Yu in 2016, welcoming
Nigel Haworth, Steven Smith and Lisa Allen into the kitchen respectively. In addition to demos at food festivals,
Victor is a regular at Northcote, offering cookery classes and teams up with Jeremy Pang at School of Wok for
Yuk Ming Man plays an important role in the kitchen as Head Chef at Yu Alderley, Ming has been a chef for over 30
years starting in Hong Kong, his style of cooking is very authentic, old school, which complements Victors current style, the two are a perfect match with creates the beautiful food we have at Yu.
Ming and Victor have been friends for over 20 years so their friendship really shines in the kitchen which leads a fantastic team too!
Head Chef of Northcote since 2005, Lisa has a natural understanding of local ingredients
having worked alongside Nigel since 2001.
The Northcote grounding has its roots as she creates dishes full of exact and harmonious flavours.
Lisa has become Executive Head Chef at Northcote.
Born in Lancashire, trained at Lancaster & Morecambe College
and upon graduation she secured her first position, at Holbeck
Ghyll in the Lake District followed by the two Michelin-starred Le Champignon Sauvage in
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. It was in 2001 when she first came to Northcote to take up a
demi-chef- de-partie position. A series of annual promotions resulted in her attaining the
role of Head Chef in 2005. At just 23 Lisa was one of the first women to rise to the ranks of
Head Chef in the Michelin-Starred Northcote. Lisa and Northcote’s passion for local produce
and regional cooking led her to win such accolades as “Best Chef of The Year” at The
Northern Hospitality Awards in 2008 and reaching the finals of “The Roux Scholarship” and
“Young Chef Young Waiter” competitions. In 2010, Lisa’s talents shone brightly when she
won the hearts of many throughout the UK with her appearance one BBC Two’s popular
‘Great British Menu’, which focused on using the very best local produce from across the
She was chosen to cook her starter of Wild Rabbit & Leek Turnover with Piccalilli for Prince
Charles at the banquet in celebration of the National Trust which was a huge honour and a
great achievement. Since then Lisa enjoys TV appearances and demonstrations across the
country, recognised as one of the few top female chefs by her peers, though her passion is
firmly placed in the Northcote kitchen working alongside her mentor and friend to deliver
some of the best food in Britain. As you would expect from a lass who has kept Nigel in line
for the last twelve years, she has a natural understanding of local ingredients, harmonious
flavours, shot through with a rare wit, humour and imagination, through her technical
command and keen awareness of contemporary developments in culinary technique and
Matthew Fort refers to her as “the darling of Northcote”
Beginning his career in the food industry at the highest echelons, Nelly apprenticed at Michelin-starred restaurant
Northcote Manor (UK) at the young age of 15, where he was trained by chef patron Nigel Haworth and his team
including Warrick Dodds, Mark Birchill, and Lisa Allen. Developing his passion for food and flavours, Nelly was one of
the first to complete an apprenticeship at Northcote before moving to Stanley House (UK) in 2007 working with
Steve Williams, stepping into the role of Head Chef at just 22.
Nelly, at the tender age of 29 opened nel. and offers guests the finest international cuisines, with an innovative,
contemporary flair. Well known for his role as nel. restaurant’s head chef and owner, Nelly is finding his feet as one
of Sydney’s top chef personalities and has cooked at Taste of Sydney, for Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday
celebrations at the British High Commission, competed in Taste of Abu Dhabi’s World’s Best Dish competition with
11 leading chefs from around the globe, starred in numerous guest appearances including The Restaurant Leaders
Summit 2016, Channel 7’s The Morning Show and IMG’s Gourmet Escape in Margaret River.
Nelly loves to stamp his personality on his food with childhood memories and a fun, innovative style and is always
seen cooking with a smile on his face.
School of Wok founder, author and TV chef Jeremy Pang comes from three
generations of Chinese chefs. Being surrounded by food connoisseurs since birth,
Jeremy developed his passion for food early on, and soon realised the importance
and correlation between basic cooking skills and eating well. He attributes his love
of food to his father, who was keen for him to experience exciting flavours and
exotic foods whilst he was a young boy.
Over the years Jeremy’s expertise in the Chinese food industry has continued to
gain recognition, winning both Rising Young Star and Best Specialist Cookery
School at the British Cookery School Awards 2015. His recipes and work has been
featured in a wide variety of national publications, along with a growing number of
TV appearances; from Food Network’s Big Eat, to regular appearances on Chanel
4’s Sunday Brunch, ITV’s This Morning, and features in several of Nigel Slater’s
His latest undertakings include serving as Executive Development Chef for newly
opened London restaurant Cha Chaan Teng; a 170 cover a modern interpretation
of the post WWII Hong Kong East-meets-West diner, and Zing Zing Take Away
group; offering customers an msg-free healthier take away experience.
But perhaps the achievement he is most proud of, is having gained endorsement
and mentorship from Chinese culinary expert and legend Ken Hom, both for School
of Wok, and by way of a written foreword for Jeremy’s first cookbook; Chinese
Unchppped. Jeremy is currently working on his second book with Quadrille to be
released later this year.
Jeremy’s ability to bringing food to life with a refreshing laid back, straight-
forward approach has helped him to build an ever-growing and thriving specialist
cookery school, develop and produce delicious recipes, and create innovative
teaching techniques that are making their way through the culinary world.
His favourite phrase: Ni Chi Fan Le Ma “Have you eaten yet?”
Located in the village of Alderley Edge, in the heart of Cheshire