Our last call-out to you amateur chefs to enter the food and drink awards!
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 norfolkfada.co.uk
2018 Home Chef of the Year Mark Fitch