Award-Winning Yorkshire Chef To Judge Ashville Bakery Competition

Award-winning chef, Daniel Birk
Award-winning chef, Daniel Birk

One of Yorkshire’s most exciting young chefs – who has trained under Gordon Ramsey – will be heading to Ashville Junior School this Thursday, (March 17) to judge a baking competition.

Daniel Birk, the award-winning head chef of the Devonshire Fell Hotel in Burnsall, near Skipton, will be using all his skills to determine which home-made bun is the best!

The competition is part of the school’s activities to raise money for Comic Relief and, after Daniel has completed his duties, the treats will be sold with all proceeds going to the charity.

Ashville Junior School Head Teacher Jonathan Dolman said: “Daniel’s mother, Vanessa, is the school secretary, so who better to ask to judge a competition based around cooking than her award-winning son?

“The pupils are looking forward to rising to the challenge, and we are delighted that Daniel will be the judge. As well as raising money for Comic Relief, it may even inspire some of the pupils to follow in Daniel’s footsteps!”

Daniel, 27, began his love of catering whilst at school in Harrogate. At the age of 21, he won the York Young Chef title.

In 2008, he came second in the Gordon Ramsey Scholarship programme, and later that year moved to the Devonshire Fell Hotel, where he leads a team of five.


Last year, Daniel, who won a major catering award for professionals under the age of 30, saw his hard work rewarded when the hotel was presented with two AA Rosettes.

He has also worked at Rudding Park, Winteringham Fields and at Clivedon, the former home of the Astor family.


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