Competition Deadline Extended

A while back I posted about a competition the find a signature dish for Leicestershire. I have now received this email extending the deadline for entries "due to popular" demand!


Hope you are well.

Please find attached a release on the Leicestershire Cook Off – due to popular demand the deadline for entries to find Leicestershire’s favourite dish has now been extended to 4th September, so the hunt continues.

If you think you have the dish that could be crowned the county’s fav please send through your recipe ideas and you could have the chance of winning a prize worth £1000.

I’d appreciate it if you could push this announcement out to your readers, as it would be great to get support and more entries from all parts of the county.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me.

Today I notice that it's been extended further to 11 September - that popular is it!

It's good to see that the criteria has changed above and is now to produce the County's favourite dish rather than it's 'signature' dish, although the competition website doesn't seem to reflect this change; it's as if they can't make their minds up what the competition is for! However, the assumption that something you've cooked will become a signature dish for Leicestershire just because it wins a TV competition was flawed to say the least. A dish becomes a 'signature dish' by having been associated with a County in the minds of thousands of people for years and years. Even the original competition announcement seemed to take liberties, saying: "...and whilst Leicestershire has a lot to be proud of in the food stakes, it's currently lacking a "signature dish". Have they never heard of the Pork Pie?

Finding leicestershire's favourite dish is a far better idea. Whether you can do this through a simple cookery competition is another matter.

Oh, I forgot to say, you can enter the competition at If you find out what the competition is definitely about, please let me know!

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