Yorkshire Evening Post : 27th February 2006

Leeds's loss is York's gain as top chef Jeff Baker prepares to go it alone in the city after 10 award-winning years at Pool Court.

Jeff, the first chef to achieve a Michelin Star in Leeds and one of only a handful to retain the coveted star for 10 years back to back, is ready to open the doors to J Baker's of York.

And he is determined to use Yorkshire produce in his modern bistro's gastronomic creations whenever he can.

The new eaterie, in the heart of the city on Fossgate, will serve a "grazing menu" during the day featuring tempting treats like blue-veined Wensleydale and red onion tart, rhubarb and custard, sour cherry sorbet and warm cinnamon doughnuts.

A full a la carte bistro evening menu lists dishes such as roast Lincolnshire duckling, citrus fruit-toasted cumin and ripe olives, followed by sticky toffee banana cake, banana and vanilla ice-cream, aged rum and sultanas.

Jeff said: "I am just trilled that I can now have the complete freedom to create what I believe people are looking for from a dining experience."

He added: "We have some of the world's leading food suppliers in Yorkshire, and I am determined to give them a platform of recognition."

Pool Court at 42, formerly in The Calls, closed after New Year's Eve when its owners moved to France. Jeff's varied culinary experience includes working under famous Yorkshire TV chef Brian Turner and Nigel Davies at Sud Ouest and working at the two-star Chateau Montreuil, France.