Chef to celebs opens new cafe at rail station

Enfield Independent: Adele Young and Keith Jipps Adele Young and Keith Jipps

Rail travellers will be able to enjoy food prepared by a chef who cooks for the stars.

Adele Young, of Palmers Green, opened The Yard at Alexandra Palace station yesterday.

But travellers can look forward to more than the infamous British Rail sandwich.

Ms Young said: “I cook for quite a few celebs, but I can’t say their names because I’m under contract.

“I’ll still be doing that sort of thing, but the idea of a cafe appealed to me because I want to be more in the community. Central London freaks me out.”

Ms Young said that she had first spotted a notice at Palmers Green Station asking people to apply to run the station cafe.

She secured a tenancy for Alexandra Palace after talking to train company First Capital Connect, and set to work with decorating the place.

While her daughter and her boyfriend, Bonnie and Craig, will be running the new cafe day-to-day, Ms Young will do a lot of the cooking.

Bonnie, also a professional chef, has moved from award-winning restaurant Honey & Co.

She said The Yard offered a unique chance to start running a place from scratch.

Keith Jipps, Customer Services Director for first Capital Connect, helped cut the ribbon for the new venture.

He said that the station had been done up generally, with new paint, a new counter that was designed to make it easier for people in wheelchairs, and new bike racks.

He added: “Alexandra Palace is a really important station for us, and the place really deserves a good food outlet.”

If all goes to plan, the group will open a similar cafe at Palmers Green Station.

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