Say ‘cheese’ - former soap star is right up our street

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Former soap star turned celebrity chef and cheese-maker Sean Wilson will cook a gourmet meal for diners at The Star at Sancton in East Yorkshire next week.

Best known for playing Coronation Street’s Martin Platt for 21 years, Sean left the soap to pursue his lifelong passion for cooking.

He trained as a chef, working at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, before launching The Saddleworth Cheese Company in 2009, and his cheeses won accolades at the World Cheese Awards in 2011 and 2012.

Sean said: “I’ve chosen ‘The Appliance of Science’ as my theme so, for one night only, the kitchen at The Star will resemble a laboratory, where we’ll be conjuring up four courses of fine dining with a culinary twist.”

Sean will chat to dinners about his career, both as an actor and as a chef/cheese-maker.

He and a team of chefs, assisted by The Star’s owner and head chef Ben Cox, will cook a gourmet, four-course menu for diners using lots of science-based tricks and techniques, including dry ice. A limited number of tables are available for the event on Tuesday 9 June, so it’s advisable to book early.

Ben, who owns and runs The Star alongside his wife, Lindsey, said: “I got to know Sean when he visited The Star and cooked with me as part of his Great Northern Cookbook series.

“He’s a great guy and a talented chef, so we’re delighted that he’s coming to spend an evening with us here at The Star to cook for diners and entertain them with tales from his very varied and fascinating career, as well as telling them about his amazing cheese-making.”

Priced at £50 per person, the four-course menu will feature gin-soaked salmon with beetroot pearls as well as fillet and four-hour cooked cheek of beef on spinach and remoulade, among other creations.

And, of course, there’ll be a cheese course comprising five of Sean’s multi-award-winning, handmade Lancashire cheeses.

More recently, Sean set up The Great Northern Food Company, which is committed to sourcing preservative-free products, and he has been back on our television screens in the Great Northern Cookbook series, as well as making appearances on Masterchef and Market Kitchen. He is the Patron of The International Cheese Awards and a respected cheese judge.