Let the chef come to you.

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

An absolutely superb chef to help us celebrate our special event in the Yorkshire Dales. The smells of the 3 course menu were spectacular. Every one of the 10 guests dining have continued to sing the praises of Shaun and his cooking. Thank you Shaun once again! We would certainly all recommend you!

Elizabeth Doyle
March 2023

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

The Cook in the North

Shaun Nixon

Travelling private chef for hire in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria

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

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

Shaun came in and cooked for a 50th birthday party where one of the party was gluten free and dairy free. We had a beautiful 3 course meal, flavours were delicious and all ingredients were top quality. Shaun was great with all the organisation... he is friendly, diligently works in the background and left a very tidy kitchen. Would highly recommend.

Nicky Bateman
February 2023

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.

We booked Shaun for a family dinner at a cottage we were staying at in Yorkshire. He managed with the rustic kitchen no problem. He cooked a terrific meal which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, and we had a great time getting to know him and learning all about his culinary journey. Thoroughly recommend.

James Stokes
April 2023

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 Steep & Filter organic greengrocers in Skipton • Wholesome Bee in Settle • Growing with Grace in Clapham • 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

How much does it cost?

A meal cooked fresh at your property is typically from £45 to £60 per person for a two or three course meal (which includes the cooking, serving, cleaning up and to cover ingredients).

A £100 deposit books and secures the date. Half of the remainder is due a fortnight before the meal, with the balance payable on the night, either when I arrive or after the meal.

We booked Shaun for a hen do in Lancashire and he cooked an amazing tapas feast for us.

Beautiful and delicious food and very neat and tidy afterwards!

Definitely recommend.

Lucy Callaghan
April 2023

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.

Lovely chap! Great home cooked food, fabulous quality ingredients and would recommend.

Hannah Porter
April 2023


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

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.