Celebrity Chef James Tanner Challenges Leicestershire to find its Signature Dish

I recently received this press release:

Birmingham has its Balti, Lancashire’s got its Hot Pot and whilst Leicestershire has a lot to be proud of in the food stakes, it’s currently lacking a ‘signature dish’ – that one mouth-watering recipe that defines the county’s culinary tastes. But now is the opportunity for Leicestershire foodies – both amateur and professional – to put forward your ideas on what dish best represents your county. Le-One, has brought in celebrity chef, James Tanner, to launch its biggest summer event - The Leicestershire Cook Off – a countywide competition to find Leicestershire’s signature dish.

A popular guest chef on ITV’s Daybreak and This Morning, James Tanner will be lead judge in The Leicestershire Cook Off and will be challenging locals to put forward the recipes which they think best represent their county’s culinary credentials and will place Leicestershire on the foodie map.

James Tanner, comments: “I’m really pleased to be lead judge for The Leicestershire Cook off as it’s a great opportunity for Leicestershire to showcase its truly fantastic food offering which I’ve often enjoyed sampling myself - from Melton Mowbray’s famous pork pies to your delicious Leicestershire cheeses! I can’t wait to see what creative suggestions people come up with and to finding a dish Leicestershire will be proud to call its own”.

So, whether it’s a tried and tested gem that has been handed down through the generations, or it’s a brand new concoction that’s been a favourite at dinner parties, we’re calling for amateur chefs, wannabe Heston Blumenthal’s or Nigella Lawson’s to send in their weird, wonderful and of course delicious recipes which will guarantee to tantalise the taste buds.

James adds: “So here’s my challenge to Leicestershire - what I’m looking for from the winning recipe is a dish that’s truly captured what Leicestershire has to offer, from using the county’s fantastic selection of fresh local produce to reflecting the wide cultural influences across the county, The winning dish needs to be inventive but with the culinary traditions Leicestershire is famous for. I’m sure I’ll be inundated with plenty of ideas which will be truly fitting to receive the crown of Leicestershire’s signature dish."

The budding chefs behind the best four recipes will be invited to cook their dish alongside James Tanner at The Leicestershire Cook Off final in St Martin’s House on Thursday 11th August. There, the dishes will be tasted and tested in front of a live audience, before a winner and new signature dish is announced.

The overall winner will not only be the master chef behind Leicestershire’s signature dish, but will also receive an amazing £1,000 worth of kitchen equipment. The three runners-up will also be given the chance to learn the tricks of the trade in a real restaurant kitchen during a specialist cookery workshop courtesy of Hotel Maiyango.

If you think you hold the recipe for Leicestershire’s signature dish, upload your entry onto The Leicestershire Cook Off website – www.leicestershirecookoff.co.uk or send your recipes by post to:

Le-One
Two Colton Square
Leicester
LE1 1QH

And make sure you keep up to date with all the latest news by checking out The Leicestershire Cook Off facebook page - www.facebook.com/pages/Leicestershire-Cook-Off

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 17th July and the four finalists will be selected and informed by Wednesday 27th July.


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There are two comments

Keith

Looks like the ball’s in your court Phil. . . The honour of Leicestershire and Thulaston is in your hands!

Keith, (Email ) (URL) - 09-07-’11 22:28
Phil

Don’t you think that a chicken and lovage pie would fit the bill? (lol)

Phil, (Email ) (URL) - 10-07-’11 18:09

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