24 Jan 2018
Young’s eagerly awaited annual Scotch Egg Challenge is back at Islington’s The Canonbury on 21st February, and this year you could find yourself with front row seats, full hospitality and the chance to mingle with some of the UK’s top chefs and foodie writers.
For the first time, 12 of the best seats in the house will be auctioned off to support Refettorio Felix, a pioneering community kitchen launched by Food for Soul, a non-profit organisation that fights food waste and helps those in food poverty, held at St Cuthbert’s Centre in Earl’s Court and run in collaboration with the Felix Project.
Guaranteed to bring eggcitement to the boil, four pairs and four single places will ensure the VIP dozen get a taste of each Scotch egg rustled up by entering chefs, alongside the judges – get cracking on those bids from 8am on Wednesday 7th February on www.ebay.co.uk.
Competition founder and The Guinea Grill Manager, Oisín Rogers will be hosting the eighth Challenge compèred by author and writer Joe Warwick. Those chefs invited to hatch their best creations will be blind-tasted by judges including The Guardian’s Bob Granleese and Felicity Cloake, Restaurant Magazine Editor, Stefan Chomka and chef and journalist, Lisa Markwell.
Shortlisted chefs vying for the number one spot include:
Calum Franklin – Holborn Dining Room
Tim Anderson – Nanban
Shaun Searley – The Quality Chop House
Neil Rankin – Temper
Robin Gill – The Dairy
Chris King – The Wigmore
Ben Chapman – Smoking Goat
Aidan McGee – George and Dragon
Nick Gibson – The Drapers Arms
Victor Garvey – Rambla
Mary-Ellen McTeague – The Aumbry
Kieran Monteiro – Boma Restaurants
Matt Hunter – Star in the City, York
Phil Mason – The Rat Inn, Northumberland
Mick Dore – The Alexandra, SW19
Eugenia Paiva – The Guinea Grill
Adam Hicks – The Dukes Head, Putney
Chantelle Nicholson – Tredwells
Stephen Englefield – The Jugged Hare
Gina Hopkins – 2017 winner and former Head Chef of The Drapers Arms
Anna Haugh – former Head Chef of Bob Bob Ricard
James Ramsden – Pidgin/Magpie/The Secret Larder
Ben Maschler – The Compasses Inn
The Challenge winner will then be invited to prepare a three-course meal in Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s in Kensington, using the kitchen’s daily changing ingredients supplied by London food-waste charity, The Felix Project.
If you’re not successful in securing FROW seats, don’t fret, you can still scramble on down to sample some exceptional eggs as the Scotch Egg Challenge is open to all and free to attend from 7pm.
The Canonbury Tavern
23 Canonbury Place, London N1 2NS
www.thecanonbury.co.uk | 020 7704 2887