Jake, 23, has recently made it through to the regional finals of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Young Chef of the Year.
Jake was promoted to sous-chef after three months at the Talbot, and the restaurant’s head chef Craig Aitchinson, said: “Jake has a real talent and has certainly proved himself in the 19 months he’s been cooking with me here at the James Martin Restaurant.”
The celebrated Pierre Koffman, head chef at The Berkeley in London’s Knightsbridge, visited The Talbot recently and praised Jake’s cooking, and spent time in the kitchen with him. And it is rumoured that James Martin himself will be checking out his protégé’s demonstration skills at the market, since it is known he is in Malton that day.
Jake claims that his father, who will also be performing a live cookery demonstration at the Market in April, is his inspiration. Jake said: “My father successfully gained recognition in the national restaurant guides and media, which made me hungry to get into a professional kitchen. I used to assist in his kitchen as a schoolboy to absorb as much as I could to follow my dreams.”
Jake’s father, Andrew Jones, will impress the audience with his own demonstration after that of his son on April 12.
Andrew, head chef at the Worsley Arms Hotel in picturesque Hovingham, will take to the stage using the best local produce during his demonstration.
Andrew said: “As head chef at the Worsley Arms, I firmly believe in using local produce, and my demo menu will reflect that, including local beef, lamb and fish, along with fresh locally-sourced vegetables. I also hope to do two sweets with a seasonal theme, so everyone’s palate should be catered for!”
Before working elbow to elbow with James Martin, Jake worked at Michelin-starred establishments including L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, The Black Swan in Oldstead, and The Star at Harome, both in Yorkshire. Jake, who recently cooked for James Martin at a private dinner for over 20 people, said: “I am looking forward to doing a live demo at April’s Monthly Food Market right here in Yorkshire’s Food Capital!”
April’s market will be the biggest yet with more than 40 stalls selling the finest food and drink. There is live music from Malton’s White Star Band, along with free entry, free parking and a free tea or coffee with every bakery purchase. The April market will be celebrating the arrival of spring by being an entirely outdoor event.
Market organiser Tom Naylor-Leyland said: “Malton Monthly Food Market is one of Yorkshire’s most renowned food markets with the freshest local produce. It is popular with all those who care about where their food is sourced and is loved by local foodies, chefs and keen amateur cooks. This month there are several new stallholders joining us in Malton. More will be revealed in due course!”
The rest of the Malton Monthly Food Market dates are: Saturday, June 14; Saturday, July 12; Saturday, August 9; Saturday, September 13; Saturday, October 11; Saturday, November 8 and Saturday, December 13.
The market will not be held in May due to the Food Lovers Festival being held in the town on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25.