The Chef Show


The Chef Show by Nick Ahad from an original idea by Stefan Escreet.
Starring Rohit Gokani and Kamal Kaan.

We’re delighted that The Chef Show won the Cumbria Life Culture Award 2019 for Live Performance of the Year.  The awards are supported by the University of Cumbria and Arts Council England and the production won for its originality and commitment to inclusion and diversity.  We are particularly excited to be recognised by the leading magazine in our home County of Cumbria.

The Chef Show also won the 2018 Rural Touring Award for Best Stage Performance of the Year. The award was presented by Ian McMillan as part of the National Rural Touring Forum conference.  Many thanks to those who nominated us after seeing the show and congratulations to all of the creative team.

The Chef Show toured to rural touring venues and studio theatres during 2017, 2018 and 2019.  We toured to all points of the compass and worked with South Asian chefs from restaurants local to each venue.

This is a chef’s special, a deliciously funny and occasionally dramatically-daring concoction of a play.”
British Theatre Guide

“The comedy in Stefan Escreet’s slick production compliments not-so-funny cultural issues, especially the immigrant experience of prejudice and the still-powerful pull of family ties in Bangladesh.”
The Stage

“A stroke of genius. While it makes serious and urgent points that speak to the divisive times in which we are currently living, the play is also very funny. Humour, food and empathy – a potent and winning combination.”
The Yorkshire Post

See The Chef Show trailer at

The Chef Show
Backstage tales of what it’s like to work on a busy Saturday night in the local curry house.
Two actors play a cast of thousands in heroic and comic tales inspired by interviews with real people in the trade. They are also joined by a chef from your very own local restaurant – who will be offering a spicy cookery demonstration.
All to be followed by a chance to taste the food and share conversation with your local chef and the cast.                                                                                         

                                  A deliciously entertaining night out for all the family!