Our last call-out to you am­a­teur chefs to en­ter the food and drink awards!

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While most of the en­tries for the 2019 Eat Nor­folk Food and Drink Awards, spon­sored by the East of Eng­land Co-op, have closed, there is one cat­e­gory still open to the county’s keen am­a­teur cooks. Be­cause of its unique judg­ing for­mat the Home Chef of the Year cat­e­gory, spon­sored by The Richard Hughes Cook­ery School, is able to take en­tries right up un­til July 16, so there is still time to get in­volved in a culi­nary journey that could lead you to some­thing new and ex­cit­ing! Mark Fitch, the first-ever win­ner of the cat­e­gory in last year’s awards, has found him­self in great de­mand af­ter his win. As well as writ­ing a reg­u­lar col­umn for this mag­a­zine he

has been in­volved in cook­ery demon­stra­tions and events around the county, has cooked in some of Nor­folk’s top pro­fes­sional kitchens and still finds time for his day job as a lawyer!

“Win­ning the award meant so much in view of the ob­vi­ous qual­ity on show from the other fi­nal­ists, how pleased I was at what I man­aged to cre­ate on the day of the cook-off and the of­fers of in­ter­ac­tion with the lo­cal food com­mu­nity that have pre­sented them­selves as a re­sult of be­ing Nor­folk Home Chef,” he says.

So if you’re al­ways on the re­ceiv­ing end of com­pli­ments from friends and fam­ily about your cook­ing don’t be shy or mod­est; now’s the time to en­ter – you could be the one called to the stage at the gala event at OPEN in Nor­wich on Septem­ber 9 to col­lect the award for Home Chef of the Year.

Mean­while the se­ri­ous busi­ness of judg­ing the other cat­e­gories in this year’s awards has be­gun. The ex­pert judges have started to sift through the hun­dreds of en­tries we have re­ceived to short­list the con­tenders and move on to the next stages of the judg­ing process and se­lect the win­ners. To see more visit nor­folk­

2018 Home Chef of the Year Mark Fitch

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