The Archbishop of York Youth Trust

Mary Berry, Frances Atkins & The Archbishop host 'heavenly' charity dinner

Mary Berry, Frances Atkins & The Archbishop host 'heavenly' charity dinner

General • 7th March 2019

A charity dinner featuring TV star Mary Berry, Michelin-starred chef Frances Atkins and Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, promises a gastronomical experience of heavenly proportions.

In aid of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust, the exclusive three-course dinner will be hosted at one of Yorkshire’s most outstanding event venues, Grade II listed Bowcliffe Hall near Wetherby, on Friday 17 May.

To date, the Archbishop of York Youth Trust has partnered with 630 schools across the North and reached over 77,000 pupils aged 7 to 16. The charity takes pupils through a structured programme of volunteering, leadership and character education to achieve the Young Leaders Award (YLA). This year the charity will be expanding its Young Leaders Award across the UK.

Pupils run projects such as litter picking, fundraising for their local hospice, befriending the elderly, or supporting their local food bank. The Young Leaders Award also inspires children to learn about inspirational global leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, whose famous phrase ‘be the change you want to see’, is a core vision of the charity and is seen through the social action projects that children and young people design and undertake through the Award.

Mary Berry said: “Food brings people together and unites people like nothing else. To be able to use cookery as a force for good is a complete joy. The work of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust is something I wholeheartedly support.”

Jonathan Turner, owner of Bowcliffe Hall, said: “We’re thrilled to support Mary and Frances as they cook up a storm for charity. Bowcliffe Hall is a sumptuous venue perfectly suited to host what undoubtedly promises to be the culinary event of the year. Mary has inspired thousands throughout her illustrious career; she’s a tour de force. Combined with Frances Atkins, one of the very few female Michelin starred chefs in the UK, we’re expecting tickets to go, excuse the pun, like hot cakes.”

Dan Finn, CEO of the Youth Trust said: “Some of the children on our Young Leaders Award programme will help to prepare the starters and dessert with these two remarkable chefs and role models, so it will be a very special evening. We are committed to supporting young people not just to learn valuable life skills but to have vision and purpose - to ‘be the change they want to see’ - and strengthen our communities.”

Research by the University of Gloucestershire found the Young Leaders Award increased confidence and emotional resilience in children, with over half of pupils committing to volunteering in their communities after the programme had finished.

Mary Berry trained at The Cordon Bleu in Paris and Bath School of Home Economics. Her first TV series was in the ‘70s with Judith Chalmers but it was her role as a judge on The Great British Bake Off that gave her national treasure status. Mary has received multiple awards, from a CBE in 2012 to a National Television Award for Best TV Judge in 2017.

Frances Atkins is one of very few female Michelin-starred chefs in the UK; she was first awarded the accolade in 2003 for The Yorke Arms in Nidderdale and a Michelin star has been awarded to her every year since. The Yorke Arms is a restaurant with luxurious rooms located in the heart of the spectacular Yorkshire Dales. 

For more information about the event contact Stewart Graham 01904 231019

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