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Flavours from the Mediterranean coast are floating around in Crookes with the opening of restaurant and cafe bar Hestia.

On Northfield Road, its cuisine is Greek, Turkish, Spanish and Portuguese, says owner Khal Tabani.

Chesterfield chef Kim Barwell has bhaji-ed in to lift a global Indian cookery crown.

Kim, who works at Buckinghams on Newbold Road is International Indian Chef of the year – and he’s only the second non-ethnic to win.

Classically-trained Kim dishes up fine British cuisine at Buckinghams – but his training by former contest winner Sanjeev Kumar paid off.

His four-dish meal, including Marathi Lamb Shanks and Smoked, Stuffed Chicken Breast with saffron sauce took him from an entry field of 5,000 to a six-chef cook-off in London before 12 judges.

“I was amazed to win.

“We’re talking about putting the dishes on for a special night at the restaurant,” said Kim, aged 54.

Former winners include the head chef of Britain’s oldest Indian restaurant and a Bangladeshi cook whose deportation was delayed to allow him to compete.

Cafe and bookshop The Rude Shipyard at 89 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, is staging a free Flamenco dance workshop next Thursday at 6pm,

Afterwards there’s a £7.50 Spanish supper – meat or vegetarian paella and Seville orange tart. Bring your own wine.

The day after there’s an evening of whisky drinking, hearty food and rousing music planned.

Dinner is Scotch stew with soda bread and whisky toffee pudding. The Biddy Fiddlers trio will play. Tickets are from £10. Call 0114 2589653.

Barnsley drinks producers Boozy Infusions scooped two awards at the annual Deliciouslyorkshire Awards with its Jamaican Ginger Cake infusion.

It won Best Drink and the Consumers’ Choice Award.

Andy Gardiner developed the drinks range at his Cawthorne restaurant, Beatson House.