One of the contestants from the prestigious BBC
Masterchef series will be sharing some of his
culinary secrets at Tockwith Show in August.
Owen Diaram, who was born in South Africa but
now works as a professional private chef in the
Harrogate area reached the quarter-finals of the
competition and described it as “life-changing
“It was initially terrifying, but I learnt such a lot and
developed so much as a chef during the series, and
still remain in contact with many of the other
contestants who have become real friends,” he said.
Owen will be demonstrating his cooking skills in the
Farmers Market section of the show on Sunday
August 6 th and says he’s looking forward to it.
“I am passionate about cooking and I love any
opportunity to share that passion with others,” he
The theme of this year’s show is pigs and
appropriately enough Owen will be demonstrating
one of the dishes he created on Masterchef: stuffed
pork tenderloin with a deep wood mushroom glaze –
a dish which won him the title of “The Crowd
Pleaser” on the show.
Tockwith Show Chair Georgina Watson said she
was delighted that Owen had agreed to take part in
this year’s event.
“Like millions of other viewers I was cheering on
Owen in Masterchef and to have him at the show to
demonstrate his talent and his personality is really
great. I can’t wait to see what he cooks up on the
With just a couple of months to go entries have
been coming in for more than eight hundred classes
ranging from haybales to horses, cakes to classic
cars and poetry to pigs.
When the event is held on Sunday August 6 th more
than one hundred and twenty trophies and over six
thousand pounds in prize money will be handed out,
making it one of the largest Agricultural shows in the region