Masterchef quarter-finalists team up for pop-up Christmas restaurant in Harrogate

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A Christmas pop-up teepee restaurant is coming to Harrogate this festive season at the Cedar Court Hotel

Jo Mills, from Leeds, who appeared on the BBC cooking show in 2021, met Chris Hale from the 2016 series on a Facebook group for the former MasterChef contestant and with Chris being a friend of Hotel Groups, a unique opportunity was born.

The pop-up will feature “festive tapas,” including turkey and sage candies with cranberry dip and mini nut roasts with candied carrots.

It will be served from 2pm to 10pm from Thursday December 9th to Saturday December 19th and will be in collaboration with Magic Rock Brewing Co. and Harrogate Tipple Ltd.

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On Sundays, December 12 and 19, there will be a bottomless two-course brunch.

On December 20, 21 and 22, there will be an Afternoon Tea with Elsa, the character from Disney’s Frozen, for families.

Stewart Moss, Group Director of Sales and Marketing at Cedar Court, said: “We have long been fans of Chris’s food at Cedar Court, and we had made exciting plans with him for 2020 which, for obvious reasons , haven’t won’t happen, so to finally be able to do something so unique together is awesome.

“Our Tipi is a special place and what Chris and Jo have created is really exciting.”

Chris Hale said: “I love the Tipi at Cedar Court because it’s just a great place to come and relax, so I wanted the food to reflect that; Jo’s passion is tapas, so I thought, let’s go, but let’s do it festive tapas, so lots of small bites.

“I think we have a very nice balanced menu and the desserts are particularly theatrical.

“For me, it’s the end of the meal, and it’s the little that people take with them.

“There’s an edible Christmas wreath, which is our festive version of an Eton mess, with meringue, ginger, cinnamon, pomegranate and molasses.

“We are also making a panettone tiramisu garden, which will be presented as a snowy garden scene and will feature meringue mushrooms, snow and edible flowers.

“Those are the two that are probably the most ‘Instagrammable’.”

Wayne Topley, Managing Director of Cedar Court Hotels Yorkshire, said: “After an incredible summer of afternoon teas, early evening cocktails and a veritable wealth of events from christenings to family celebrations, we are now really excited to see the launch of the next incarnation of our Tipi on the Stray.

“A lot of people, it seems, are choosing casual dinners with friends this year instead of the traditional, larger-scale Christmas parties, so we’re really proud to present this residence.

“This will be our first ‘pop up’ and we are all very happy to have Chris and Jo on board.

“What the ‘MasterChefs’ have created is a very exciting food and drink offering which is, in the spirit of Cedar Court Hotels, a real first for Harrogate and we are so proud to welcome this.”

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