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Wendy Denman

Wendy Denman, manager of Trinity Kitchen

Trinity Kitchen, at the top of Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre, was a game changer for the city’s food and drink scene when it opened in 2014. A whole floor dedicated to some of the most amazing street food on offer in the UK, it has permanent vendors alongside a monthly rotation of mouth-wateringly good street food trucks that travel far and wide for a pitch.

Wendy is the woman behind the lively foodie destination. She shares her favourite city spots with us, and tells us why Leeds is a bit like Glasgow and Bristol…

How long have you lived in Leeds?

I moved to Leeds from Kent in 1998 to study Events Management at Leeds Beckett. It was the furthest I could move away from home and still negotiate a lift back at the end of term. Apart from a year in London and a year in Brighton, I've been here ever since and like many, it's become my cherished, adopted home.

What's the best thing you've done in Leeds recently?

The 2.8 hours later Zombie Chase Game. I did it twice, once as a player and once as a zombie, which I had to attend zombie school to practice for! Great fun, and a playful use of our city.

Five favourite Leeds places and spaces?

  1. West Yorkshire Playhouse Costume Department – this wonderful volunteer-run venue has an amazing array of ex- stage costumes and accessories to try on and hire at reasonable prices. It's my happy place.
  2. The Brudenell Social Club – my favourite live music venue ever. I've had nothing but good times here, the management have the atmosphere spot on.
  3. Bundobust – for an evening out with tasty vegetarian street food and craft beer. Although my okra fries are rarely shared generously.
  4. Bramley Baths – this amazing venue is run by the local community and hosts the most innovative events you'll find anywhere, let alone in a swimming pool. The Underwater Disco and Water Music swim-a-long concert are just two of my highlights.
  5. Yorkshire Sculpture Park (outside Leeds but within the city region!) - we are so lucky to live within the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and be able to enjoy art in the fresh, open air.

Describe Leeds in three words

Friendly. Fun. Forward-thinking.

Which city would you compare Leeds to?

Bristol and Glasgow. They are also both similar sized, modern, creative cities located close to historical, tourist cities (Bath, Edinburgh and for us, York). They are also both very popular with students which keeps things fresh and exciting.

Leeds is amazing because

The people, the size, the humour, the attitude, the nearby green spaces, the range of live performances plus the quality of interesting food.

Describe your dream weekend in Leeds

A supper club like The Swine That Dines or Cena Sarda, some interesting theatre, comedy or performance art at Live Art Bistro, Slung Low or West Yorkshire Playhouse and a long walk around Harewood's grounds and gardens.

Where would you take visitors to the city?

I’d make them go on the free water taxis to get a different view of the city.

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