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Bringing the world to Yorkshire on a plate



Competition winner serves up a traditional dish
Local chefs have been cooking up some competition to celebrate British Airways bringing the world to Yorkshire.

In the weeks leading up to the Leeds Food and Drink Festival chefs were asked to create dishes from any British Airways destination served from Leeds Bradford Airport via the airline’s flagship home Terminal 5, London Heathrow.

Judges chose two finalists Daniel Benefer, head chef at The Doubletree by Hilton, Leeds, and Adam Geddes, head chef at The Atlas Pub, to go head to head in the finals of the Theatre Kitchen competition in Millennium Square, Leeds at the weekend.

The eventual winner was Daniel Benefer, who chose a dish from much closer to home, herb crusted rack of Yorkshire lamb with stuffed cabbage leaf, butter braised potato and trio of spring peas.

He wins a leisure break to London for two people, including return flights on the three-a-day British Airways service from Leeds Bradford and use of the Yorkshire Premier Lounge at the airport.

The competition was sponsored by British Airways and Leeds Bradford Airport and they were represented on the judging panel at the festival which attracted over 50,000 visitors over three days.

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Emerging talent joins the Bingley Music Live line-up
Four upcoming bands, hoping to get greater exposure, have won a place on the bill of Bingley Music Live as they beat off competition from 24 acts in the contest, organised by Bradford Council in partnership with The Musicians Centre.

The four acts will be rubbing shoulders with this year’s big name headliners Pet Shop Boys, Example and Shed Seven. Each act will get a 30-minute slot at this year’s Bradford Council-run festival on either Saturday 30 or Sunday 31 August.

Leeds-based indie rockers The Barmines will hit the main stage, at the Myrtle Park festival, on Saturday 30 August. The four-piece have been described as “causing a bit of a buzz” by Alan Raw from BBC! They hope to release a debut single soon.

Tropical Contact take the second stage on the Saturday. The wacky, slightly off-the-wall pop-rock outfit come from Huddersfield. They list Brian Blessed as one of their ‘heroes.’

Shipley’s DownReno will provide a laidback Americana/folk pop vibe for Sunday’s main stage. The quartet are currently recording a debut album. Jerrard Barraclough is the band’s manager as well as providing lead vocals and acoustic guitar.

Filling the second stage slot on Sunday are Happy Daggers, from Leeds. Their music has been described as ‘disco influenced rock and soul’ and has an 80s feel. They are shortly releasing an EP, ‘Dirty Disco.’

Coun Andrew Thornton, Executive Member for Sport and Leisure, said: “As well as bringing big names to the district, Bingley Music Live is a fantastic platform to showcase new talent. These exciting new acts could be stars of the future which fans can one day say they saw in Bingley. These bands are also getting greater exposure by playing in front of a very big audience of potential new fans.”

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