A Yorkshire chef has paid tribute to his late father by flying Yorkshire puddings over the county’s landmarks - just in time for Yorkshire Day.
Jason Hartley took the gourmet puddings on a 594-mile tour across his father Peter’s favourite places in Yorkshire.
The Puddings began their journey from the kitchen of Jason’s parents’ home, close to Rotherham, before visiting the nearby Keppel’s Column and Wentworth House, Saltaire in Shipley, Ilkley Moor, Asygarth Falls in The Yorkshire Dales, and finally Ribblehead Viaduct.
Jason said: “My dad wasn’t well for a couple of years and, whilst I’m no longer cooking professionally, occasionally for fun I do pop ups inspired by a slightly new take on Yorkshire puddings that was inspired by him and mum and done as a bit of a tribute to my upbringing. After he passed away recently doing this was a way for me to channel that loss into something creative and silly that would have made him smile.”
“The drive around was tough, it took me through the centre of Leeds where I had three wonderful years at University, but I hadn’t been back in over 20 years, so to be confronted with those memories and of times Dad would take me back after breaks was good and bloody rough in equal measure.
“Dad was an engineer in the Royal Air Force for 30 years so as we were setting up and fiddling around gerrymandering Yorkshire puddings to drones I know he would have loved that.
“I returned to the UK after 15 years abroad recently and the trip was a wonderful way for me to fall in love with Yorkshire again, we’d hoped to fly a little higher but the gentle force 10 Yorkshire summer breeze put paid to that.”
Video director Nick Hearne said: “This was the first time I’d visited any of these landmarks, and they have left a huge impression on me. It’s a stunning part of the world.”
“One thing I have learned is to re-consider the wisdom of trying to fly a drone with a Yorkshire pudding attached on Ilkley Moor,” he continued, “it’s a job only suitable for the Top Gun of Yorkshire Pudding pilots.”
The Yorkshire puddings were attached to a Stedidrone QU4D quadrocopter and filmed in flight with a GoPro camera. The Puddings were flown to a top height of 100 metres and travelled at 10kph.