Making award-winning food for the people of Yorkshire

Cakes, bakes, soups and more…made with love in Ilkley


The Ilkley Kitchen are overjoyed to be winners of the prestigious 3 Star Great Taste Award for our Orange and Almond Cake.

The first time this bake came out of the oven we had a feeling that there was something special about it. It was an exciting moment - discovering something unique, delicious, flour free and fat free too.

It was a labour of love to develop that initial bake and we are thrilled that its excellence has been recognised with a 3 Star Great Taste Award. Out of 12,772 entries only 208 products achieved a 3 star this year! Thank you Great Taste for having exceptional taste in cake!

We are proud that we’ve created this cake and we can’t wait to share with you.


Our Story

With a shared passion for food, long standing backgrounds in the food industry and 9 hungry children between them, Marcella and Tina’s friendship centred around the kitchen - cooking together for children, family and gatherings of friends. Sharing recipes, stories, food and happy times.

As time moved on and children moved out, we found more time for ourselves and decided to turn our love of food into a business, launching The Ilkley Kitchen in January 2016. 

We soon had a loyal customer base enjoying our food, either bought from our stall at the Ilkley Real Food Market or eaten in local cafés and restaurants. As word spread, demand grew for our fully-serviced event catering too.  

We won our first Great Taste Award in 2017 and haven’t looked back since. Whether delivering food direct to customers, supplying local food businesses or cooking for clients in their homes, nothing gives us more satisfaction than bringing joy to our customers with delicious, creative and interesting food, all cooked with high quality and locally sourced ingredients.

We can cater for small gatherings, parties or even a special family dinner. Click below for a flavour of what we can make for you…

Marcella and the award-winning Orange & Almond Cake

Marcella and the award-winning Orange & Almond Cake

We have been using The Ilkley Kitchen’s services for the last year or so now and we couldn’t be happier with the products that Marcella supplies. The food she makes for us is consistently delicious and inventive. Marcella’s cakes are so popular with our customers, we get so many compliments each week and it’s great to hear. The food is modern, inventive and incredibly tasty.
— Friends of Ham, Ilkley
The best soups we and our customers have ever tasted! Fresh and always reliable. You can taste the passion here in the food and we always recommend Marcella and team! Oh, and the scotch eggs are to die for!
— Commute Cycle Café, Ilkley
We chose Marcella to cater our birthday party earlier this month and we were bowled over by her creations. Everything was so colourful and beautifully presented and above all, tasted incredible! We had vegans and other dietary requirements to consider and she didn’t disappoint with inventive canapés that were the talk of the party. Everybody loved it!
— Katie, Private Party
We’ve used Marcella’s fabulous catering services for well over 10 years now, from small gatherings to larger events. We’ve always been delighted with the exceptional food quality, presentation, planning and service. Marcella takes all the stress out of entertaining - she knows just what is needed whatever your budget and numbers, then goes away, works her magic and delivers gorgeous, enticing, gourmet but no-fuss food, perfectly suited to the occasion and guests’ dietary requirements. Everyone loves her and her food.