Chef profile – Bruce Elsworth of Skipton cafe-restaurant Elsworth Kitchen

This year has been difficult for most in the hospitality industry, but imagine what it has been like for a young business having just invested so much in starting up.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 11:45 am

BAGGED TO GO: Bruce has diversified to develop new revenue streams at Elsworth Kitchen.

Bruce and Rebecca Elsworth, at Elsworth Kitchen in Skipton, were getting their feet firmly on the ground and growing in both popularity and reputation when lockdown was called.

Bruce is well known for his years as chef director at the Angel at Hetton, and between him and Rebecca, they have over 30 years in the business which has hopefully helped them weather what lay ahead for them on that fateful day in March.

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The two-storey café-restaurant is incredibly versatile with a menu taking you from breakfast to brunch, coffee to amazing cakes and a full-blown lunch, and on Friday and Saturday night Bruce’s talents shine with his dinner menu.

It is wonderful to see they have made it through, though I am sure like everyone is wondering what the future might bring. I wish them well; they so deserve to succeed.

What was the first dish you remember cooking? I was baking at a young age with my mum. The first thing I remember is perfecting the art of a Victoria sandwich and jam tarts so I could enter them in local shows.

Who is your culinary inspiration? Marco Pierre White, because he was the most exciting and controversial chef cooking inspirational food when I was a young chef. He created many dishes that are still emulated today.

Do you have a favourite cookbook? White Heat by Marco Pierre White and Keep it Simple

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