Free cookery demos


Leading chefs from Cumbria will be showing customers of Lakeland’s flagship store at Windermere how to incorporate Grasmere Gingerbread® into five favoured recipes.

Using kitchen equipment supplied by Lakeland, chefs Martin Frickel, John Crouch, Pat Russell, Karen Healy and Ben Donkin will host monthly in-store cookery demonstrations from August through to December.

Down the years, many of our customers have sent us recipes that incorporate Grasmere Gingerbread®,” said Joanne Hunter, co-owner of the 168-year-old historic business.

“So we thought it would be a fantastic idea to challenge some of our region’s most accomplished chefs to create a series of unique dishes.

“I think they have invented some amazing recipes and I can’t wait to try them.

“It will be great to renew our association with Lakeland as during Storm Desmond in 2016 - which seriously affected footfall to our shop in Grasmere - they welcomed our pop-up shop at their store.”

The monthly series begins on Thursday 18th August with Martin Frickel. 

On October 13th, we will welcome Pat Russell from The Lake District School of Food and Wine. 

Karen Healy will be in residence on Thursday November 17th with Ben Donkin on Thursday December 8th.

All five chefs are keeping their selection of sweet and savoury dishes under wraps until their demonstrations. 

“We are so excited to be hosting this series of in store demos in our Windermere Flagship store in collaboration with Grasmere Gingerbread®,” said Bethany Stebbens, PR Executive for Lakeland. “We are very proud of our Lake District heritage so it is great to be able to deliver this series with such an iconic Cumbrian brand.”

All the chef demonstrations, which are free to attend, will last approximately half an hour and begin at 2.30pm.

Customers will be given free tasters. Whilst it is a standing event seats will be provided for those who need them.

Martin Frickel, 2.30pm Thursday 18th August 2022 

Cumbrian born and raised Martin Frickel was passionate about cooking from a young age. He has worked in some of Cumbria’s finest establishments including l’Enclume, Forest Side and The Wordsworth. Martin now runs two businesses; private fine dining experiences and Sweet Treats by Martin Frickel. At Sweet Treats he creates high-end brownies, ‘banging blondies’ and delicious deep dish cookies along with lots of other seasonal treats. Michelin-star trained Martin is a former National Chef of the Year Top Ten finalist and Acorn Award winner in 2017. 

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John Crouch, 2.30pm Thursday 15th September 2022 - Cancelled, new date to be announced soon.

Cumbrian John Crouch is a freelance demonstration chef with over 30 years experience. He specialises in UK historical and traditional dishes as well as Russian, Cajun, Danish and Indian food. John has appeared on national BBC TV, BBC radio, featured in Cumbria Life Magazine and edited a series of seasonal cookery articles for Country House and Home Magazine.


Pat Russell, 2.30pm Thursday 13th October 2022

Pat Russell runs the Lake District School of Food and Wine in the Eden Valley. Previously she was Chef Lecturer at Kendal College, worked at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhoff in Zermatt.

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Karen Healy, 2.30pm Thursday 17th November 2022

Karen Healy has been working with clients across the Lake District and further afield for more than 15 years, providing wholesome, fresh and individually created dishes for events, both large and small. Fulfilling her love of making people happy through food, Karen has earned a reputation for delicious and innovative cuisine using good quality produce that is sustainable and locally sourced.

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Ben Donkin, 2.30pm Thursday 8th December 

Ben is the award-winning Chef Manager for the Café at Lakeland in Windermere. His pedigree is outstanding, having trained at L’Enclume under Simon Rogan, winning young Chef of the Year and working at famous Lake District establishments including the Drunken Duck.


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