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The Cook in the North private chef cooking in the Yorkshire Dales
The Cook in the North private chef cooking in the Yorkshire Dales
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Private Chef

The Cook in the North

Shaun Nixon

Travelling private chef for hire in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and beyond

Lime and coriander chicken cooked by private chef The Cook in the North
Lime and coriander chicken cooked by private chef The Cook in the North

Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District

What a wonderful celebration meal we had! Shaun prepared and served for us a delicious meal of local, tasty produce that was cooked to perfection. Our group of 13 all thought it was one of the best meals we had ever had.

Shaun was friendly, attentive, efficient, a gifted chef and left the kitchen spotless (bonus!). Our experience with him from our first contact, to selecting the menu options and on the day was brilliant.

Absolutely 5 stars - we couldn’t recommend him highly enough and look forward to another meal prepared by The Cook in North soon!

Thank you again for the wonderful evening.

Liz Kavanagh

Photo of Shaun Nixon The Cook in the North serving by photographer Richard Willett
Photo of Shaun Nixon The Cook in the North serving a meal. Photo by Richard Willett www.richardwillett.uk

A private restaurant experience
in your home or holiday cottage

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We agree a menu and I shop for all ingredents

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I cook in your kitchen with my own equipment

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I serve the meal to the table and clear away

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I wash up, pack up and clean the kitchen

Crayke Manor, Crayke, York

We had a fabulous family dinner with Shaun. The tapas feast was a perfect way for us to share delicious food as well as each other’s company. Shaun was attentive to every need - even preparing a separate meal for the kids.

We couldn’t possibly recommend him more highly - 11/10.

Can’t wait to get back to Yorkshire and hire him again.

Amir Louka, USA

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I am consistently rated

100% 5 stars

I come to you
...and cook

Enjoy a freshly cooked meal in the comfort of your own home or holiday cottage:

  • Special occasions and celebrations
  • Family birthday meals or as a gift
  • Holiday home or airbnb rentals
  • Dinner at home with friends
  • Guests with food intolerances
  • Food allergies? Dine with confidence!

I do the shopping, bring all of the ingredients and my own equipment, cook, serve and clear up!

Gisburn, Lancashire

Shaun catered for us, for party of twelve people. We discussed menus beforehand. He arrived prompt at the venue and brought everything needed for a three course meal.

The food was prepared from fresh and we all agreed it was delicious.

He then cleared up and washed everything and left the kitchen absolutely spotless.

Would I recommend Shaun? ……..most definitely 100%

Marilyn Hannan
January 2024

Shaun Nixon The Cook in the North in the kitchen at Ivy Cottage in Casterton
Shaun Nixon The Cook in the North in the kitchen at Ivy Cottage in Casterton

YES to requests

Delicious irritant- and allergen-free cooking is my everyday speciality, including gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free dishes as standard. My pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan meals are a delight to share, alongside top quality locally-reared grass-fed and organic meats that taste amazing.

I cater for food intolerances because I have food intolerances myself. Having me cook a meal for you means none of that frustrating menu analysis or awkward interrogation in restaurants - I know exactly what's in every dish, create meals from scratch to suit you and cook it because I love it myself.

Shaun Nixon The Cook in the North pouring sauce by photographer Richard Willett
Shaun Nixon The Cook in the North pouring sauce by photographer Richard Willett

Low Row, Swaledale, North Yorkshire

Shaun delivered an exceptional dining experience at our cottage.

He expertly crafted a delicious three-course meal, accommodating my daughter's coeliac disease.

Every dish was a masterpiece of flavour, and Shaun's professionalism and personable nature added to the evening's charm.

Highly recommended for anyone seeking an amazing private chef experience. Thank you Shaun.

Stephen Muchmore

Shaun Nixon The Cook in the North serving breafast by photographer Richard Willett
Shaun Nixon The Cook in the North serving breafast by photographer Richard Willett

Good ingredients
Good food

I have been cooking for over 20 years with seasonal, fresh, predominantly organic ingredients to create tasty, honest meals.

Quality organically grown and locally farmed ingredients are sourced from trusted nearby suppliers like Growing with Grace in the Yorkshire Dales • Organic North in Manchester • Suma Wholefoods in Elland • Wholesome Bee in Settle • Nathan Brown Butchers in Barnoldswick • Riverford Organic Farmers

As a lifelong environmentalist, I aim for zero-landfill. All packaging is recycled or composted. Any plant-based food peelings and scraps become compost for my two daughters' flower and vegetable plots.

Book the Cook
in the North

Get an instant cost estimate and an up-to-date list of my availability over the coming months:

You are also welcome to give me a call

07379 818840

or email

hello@thecookinthenorth.com

 

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I often lose track of DM notifications from socials so website and email enquiries are best

Longridge, Lancashire

Shaun cooked for my friend's Hen Do.

The food was unreal and he was extremely professional, funny and accommodating.

The kitchen was spotless when he left, as if he hadn’t even been here.

I would highly recommend Shaun and would use him again for future events!

Shanice Mulla
May 2024

Serving the North

I am based in Barnoldswick - near Skipton, on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire - overlooking the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Just minutes from Settle, Clitheroe, Hebden Bridge and Ilkley. Within 1 hour of Manchester, Preston, Lancaster, Kendal and the Lancashire coast in the west, and Harrogate, Leeds and York in the east.

All travel is by electric car, powered by ecotricity 100% renewable energy.

Cockermouth, Lake District

I booked Shaun for a very special occasion with my closest friends over Mayday Bank Holiday.

Shaun was so responsive and immediately had a wonderful meal plan which he had duly personalised to meet my every request.

Reassuring in his preparedness and wholly reliable Shaun arrived and like a whirlwind set about the task of cooking a wonderful meal for my 16 guests and so fitting for my planned celebration.

Shaun has a warm and friendly and totally professional presence in the kitchen and wowed us all with a tapas banquet fit for a King, impressing us with course after course which he served with great attention.

I would highly recommend Shaun.

Linda Harris
2024

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About me

I am fully insured, ethical,
passionate about good food,
honest, fair and transparent.

 

I am all about:

family • community • trust
sustainable food • living my values

 

When I cook for you, you are supporting:

A local family
Independent local food retailers
Small, local food producers
Organic farming
Regenerative agriculture
Community volunteering
The environment and wildlife
Renewable energy
Composting and zero waste
Seasonal food

Shaun Nixon The Cook in the North making cheesecakes by photographer Richard Willett
Shaun Nixon The Cook in the North making cheesecakes by photographer Richard Willett www.richardwillett.uk

Where I cook

As a travelling chef, I can drive to your venue pretty much anywhere in the North of England.

I'm based in the edge of the Yorkshire Dales in the Pennines, on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire, so am within easy reach of much of the North.