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WANT to expand your culinary repertoire?

Healthy cook-along sessions are being staged at The Old Junior School on South View Road in Sharrow on the last Thursday of every month, 6-8pm.

This Thursday cooks will be taught a range of easy and tasty Chinese dishes – stir fries and hot and sour soup. Sessions are £2 (it’s £1 for children) and you get to eat the dishes.

Advanced lessons, £10, are held on the first Tuesday of the month. The next, on August 2, teaches how to cook pan-fried mackerel with gooseberries, rump of lamb with redcurrants and dauphinoise potatoes, summer pudding and summer berry pavlova.Contact Lu at to book places.

TWO top local chefs have found themselves in a job swap.

Wayne Rodgers, previously head chef at the Cavendish Hotel, Baslow, has moved to the Druid Inn at Birchover, while Michael Thompson, previously in charge at the Druid, is now head chef in Baslow.

Wayne, two years at the Cavendish, says: “My heart really is in pubs. We have some great sharing dishes like Henderson’s Relish Pie in a big cast iron pot or apple crumble for two.”

Also on the menu are pickled duck eggs, dripping on toast and brawn.

CIDER-drinkers have a rosy glow this week.

Eight Wetherspoon pubs in Sheffield are staging their first cider festival, with up to 12 different brews on offer until Sunday.

The Bankers Draft in Market Place, The Swim Inn, West Street, The Woodseats Palace on Chesterfield Road, The Benjamin Huntsman in Cambridge Street, The Rawson Spring in Langsett Road, The Sheffield Waterworks Company in Division Street, The Sheaf Island on Ecclesall Road and The Francis Newton on Clarkehouse Road are offering English, Welsh and French ciders at £2.30 each.

A host of South Yorkshire restaurants, brewers and food producers have been deemed good enough to make it into the fifth annual culinary guide from deliciouslyorkshire.

The organisation which champions the broad range of food and drink from Yorkshire selected 29 local specialists - including pie-makers, bakers, ice-cream makers, tea mixers, butchers, cake-makers, eateries and hostelries - for Yorkshire’s Own Kitchen.

A showcase of the region’s finest food and drink producers, the £2.95 book also features inspiring recipes from the region’s food heroes and celebrity chefs.

Get it from local food outlets and online at

A Sheffield takeaway scooped two awards in the first ever English Curry Awards last week. The Cafe Masala takeaway on Upperthorpe Road won the best in Yorkshire award at the bash staged by food website – then learned it had also taken the national title, too.