Owen Diaram, a quarter-finalist on BBC MasterChef UK 2023, has won a competition to have a stall at this year’s Harrogate Christmas Fayre.
He was named as the winner of a competition organised by the market operators to give free trading opportunities at the town centre festive market, which begins on December 1.
The winners of Market Place Europe and Destination Harrogate’s Jolly Big Business Boost competition also receive business mentoring and PR opportunities.
Mr Diaram, who was yesterday named as this year’s winner, uses his South African Indian heritage to create traditional spice packs that only need to be mixed with two ingredients to produce tasty bhajis.
Mr Diaram said he was “blown away” by being selected, adding::
‘’Harrogate has now been my home for the past eight years and I am so excited to trade at what is a truly fantastic event that will allow me to achieve my goal of bringing South African Indian cuisine to mass audiences.’’
Market manager Nick Rhodes said:
‘’The Jolly Big Business Boost is a fantastic way for local, ambitious entrepreneurs to get their foot in the door and has proven to be very successful.’’
The fayre’s opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10am to 7pm and Sunday 11:00am to 430pm.