The man who introduced the stir-fry to British kitchens will give a demonstration of his culinary skills at the family-run business on Yafforth Road on Sunday, October 2.

Tickets have sold out to see Hom sizzle with a wok in the Barkers Home Cook, Wine and Dine department, from 2.30pm, and it is now standing room only.

His guest appearance will be a rare opportunity for cookery fans to see the USA-based chef, who limits his number of personal appearances.

The Northallerton store is among the official stockists of Ken Hom Cookware, so have been able to secure an appearance by the veteran chef at their new-look lifestyle and home store, which underwent a major £3.5million redevelopment six months ago.

Julie Poynton, buyer for the Cook, Wine and Dine department, said: “When we were creating the new-look store, it was a personal aim of mine to have cookery demonstrations.

“But to be able to secure a big-name celebrity chef like Ken Hom, who is famous all over the world, was beyond our expectations.

“Hosting this event is a fantastic way to celebrate the opening of the store, and it is clearly going to be a popular event.”

As tickets sold out in a week, there is now only standing room for customers to watch.

The expansion of Barkers Home was the biggest investment by Barkers, who also have the eponymous department store on Northallerton High Street.

The store was expanded by 20,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet – almost an acre-and-a-half – to create a section for contemporary furniture, gifts, bigger linens department, new cook, wine and dine section, while there was also a revamp of the first-floor bedroom furniture and soft furnishings section.

Barkers Home employs 60 staff, after the expansion created an extra 15 full and part-time jobs.