A NEW cafe will open this weekend at a popular family attraction in York - fronted by a top chef who has worked with some of the industry's biggest names.

Jonathan Brown, who has worked with leading Yorkshire chefs James Martin and Brian Turner as well as the late Gary Rhodes, will launch The Yorkshire Barn at Murton Park.

The dad of three, who was born and brought up in York, will be serving home-made cakes, hot food, and a specially-blended coffee from a pop-up marquee on site during the half-term holiday - open everyday from 10am to 4pm.

Once his new kitchens are in place, The Yorkshire Barn will open fully at Murton, serving lunches, as well as afternoon teas.

The refurbishment is expected to cost £100,000.

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Visitors will be in for a sweet treat or two as Jonathan's specialism is patisserie.

He told The Press: "We will do some hot food on the griddle - burgers and loaded fries - and keep the menu quick and easy until we get set up properly.

"After New Year we will introduce other elements such as afternoon teas, sharing platters and increase the size of the menu."

Jonathan says he would also like to run a Chef's Club once a month, led by either himself of a guest chef.

The focus will be on using Yorkshire produce.

"There are so many amazing products in Yorkshire, from cheese, to rare-breed meats, free-range chickens and eggs. All our fish is from Scarborough.We cook our own beef and ham, smoke our own salmon, and I make our patisserie."

Jonathan learned his trade at York Catering College before spending time in France working with a leading pastry chef Patrick Gonzales. Later, he worked all over the UK including spending time working with Gary Rhodes at Rhodes Kensington, Quaglino's and Rules in Covent Garden - which was featured in the James Bond film, Spectre.

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Following a spell working in France and Italy, in one and two Michelin-starred kitchens, and with Yorkshire TV chefs James Martin and Brian Turner, Jonathan switched career to join the film and TV industry.

During this time, he made more than 500 TV commercials, a sci-fi comedy TV series called Starhyke, and three feature films where he worked with Lou Ferrigno, Danny Dyer, Eric Roberts, Micky Rourke and Darryl Hannah.

He also ran the Made in Leeds TV channel, where he presented cookery shows.

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He said: "Now I'm looking forward to being able to go back to my patisserie roots and show off dishes I've been perfecting over the years, like my chocolate brownie. I use only the best ingredients and make my brownies using butter and the best chocolate, with lots of flavours like chocolate orange, raspberry and salt caramel."

Jonathan said there was a packed programme of fun planned for Murton Park at Halloween. "There are lots happening next week with pumpkin carving, a special Halloween trail and a spooky storytime. Plus we'll be there with coffee and cake, pizzas and other hot treats."

He said the menu will be family-friendly and will be based on local seasonal produce. "Sustainability and using local produce is very important to us. We are also committing ourselves to not use or sell single-use plastics - all our packaging is recyclable or compostable."