Could a budding South East chef win competition to become CLA Game Chef of the Year in association with The Field magazine?

17 March 2014

The new competition is designed to find an unrecognised chef who relishes cooking with game meats and embraces the Great British Countryside through their food.

The semi-finals and final will be held at the 2014 CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, which is expected to attract 150,000 people over three days in July.

Run in association with The Field magazine, the Game Chef of the Year will be judged by Mike Robinson, the UK’s leading game chef and owner of the Pot Kiln in Berkshire and the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms in London.

CLA Director South East Robin Edwards says: “The CLA Game Fair is a very exciting event, attracting thousands of people from across the country each year. It has been running since 1958 and there will be a prominent focus on food at this year’s show, including a British Food Fair, Local Food Market, Totally Food Show and Cookery Demonstration Theatre. 

“Chefs who get through to the semi-final of this competition will have a fantastic opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity. It is simple to enter, and it would be great to see budding chefs from the South East showing off their skills. The winner will hold the Game Chef of the Year title, which could be a real springboard to a very exciting culinary future.”

The competition is now open to chefs of 18 years or over who are not affiliated with more than one eating establishment and are ‘unrecognised’ by the judging panel. Entrants must send in a photo, a short amateur film (no more than two minutes) of themselves cooking, a credentials summary and a unique recipe, by 11 April 2014.

Shortlisted competitors will be asked to create a dish to be critiqued by Mike Robinson and a judging panel. Four finalists will then be chosen to cook in front of a live audience in the CLA Game Fair Cookery Theatre.

Mike Robinson commented: “I am delighted to be working with the CLA Game Fair which is the perfect venue to publicise game cookery. This is a terrific opportunity to raise awareness of game meat and promote the fact it is healthy, free-range, value for money and sourced locally in the Great British countryside.”

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