James Martin: Chef lays on Leeds Ferrari fun day for dads

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It's well known celebrity chef James Martin has just as much passion for performance cars as he does for performing in the kitchen or on television.

The host of BBC1 show Saturday Kitchen opened up the city's latest high-rolling restaurant, The Leeds Kitchen in Clarence Dock's Alea Casino only two months ago.

Now he has helped put together an event for Father's Day (June 19) which will see 18 classic Ferraris sports cars parked at Clarence Dock.

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The event is being run by the official Ferrari Owner’s Club, who are providing the bulk of the sports cars.

However, visitors will also be able to view car-mad Mr Martin's personal Ferrari collection, which is said to include a Ferrari 275 once owned by John Lennon.

He also owns several other Ferraris.

In addition, the celebrity chef is planning to get hands-on by putting on a hog roast for visitors.

There are also plans for a broad range of market stalls, courtesy of deliciouslyyorkshire, a body which exists to promote food growers and producers from the area.

Stalls will be run by ice-cream company Yummy Yorkshire, sausage and pork producer Swillington Organic Farm, fudge-maker Johnsone's Toffee, Kolos Bakery, the Chilli Jam Man and rapeseed oil maker Yorkshire Oil, to name but a few.

Jonathan Knight, chief executive of deliciouslyorkshire, said: "We are thrilled to be involved with this event in Clarence Dock and glad to see James Martin supporting his roots to promote great food in the region."

Louise Holmes, co-founder of Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream added: "James Martin is known for being passionate about local produce so we’re delighted to be involved."

The event will take place on Sunday from noon until 3pm.

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