A passion for regional food combined with innovative recipes and
impressive culinary skills were the trademark of every winner in
the Great Yorkshire Cookery Competition 2007.
Tim Cottrill, Amateur Chef Winner with judges behind
(l-r) Elaine Lemm, Food and Wine Editor of Yorkshire Life; Elizabeth Halsall
of the Regional Food Group; Deborah Goodall of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society
and Richard Allen, Head Chef at Harvey Nichols.
Now in its fourth year, the event is organised by the Yorkshire
Agricultural Society in association with Yorkshire Life magazine
and Harvey Nichols.
Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society,
said the contest highlighted the quality and variety of food produced
by the region's farmers.
"Some of the finest food in the country is available right
on our doorstep and our winners' recipes emphasise that. The Society
recognises how important it is to make people aware of the excellent
quality and variety of local produce, and the Great Yorkshire Cookery
Competition plays an important part in that," he said.
Entrants had to submit an original recipe for a starter, main course
or dessert which used Yorkshire produce as far as possible and
cost less than £10 to make. Shortlisted finalists in the
Amateur and Professional Chef of the Year categories took part
in a cook-off at Harvey Nichols in Leeds, while the Young Cook
of the Year hopefuls battled it out at the Bettys Cookery School
The eventual winners were:
- Professional Chef of the Year - David
Jenkinson of Café Fish,
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
- Amateur Chef of the Year - Tim Cottrill
of Darley, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire
- Young Cook of the Year - Helen Rosillo of Harrogate, North Yorkshire
The difficult task of choosing the winners was undertaken by Elaine
Lemm, Food and Wine Editor of Yorkshire Life; Richard Allen, Head
Chef at Harvey Nichols; Elizabeth Halsall of the Regional Food
Group; Deborah Goodall of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society; and
Roxy Warrick of Bettys Cookery School.
The three winners will each receive a prestigious trophy and framed
certificate, along with a £250 cash prize, and will also
cook their dishes at Countryside Live, which takes place at the
Showground in Harrogate on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October this
Congratulating all three winners, Elaine Lemm said the standard
of entries in this year's competition had been extraordinarily
high and the judges had had a particularly tough job.
"All the finalists had submitted really innovative recipes
and showed great skill in the kitchen. We saw the use of more unusual
ingredients this year, such as venison and hare, and I think we
really set a benchmark in the standard of the food that was produced," she
"Our three winners should be very proud of themselves for
being the class in what was a truly superb field. Their food looked
good, tasted fantastic and showcased Yorkshire produce in the best
David Jenkinson, Head Chef at Café Fish, said he was shocked
and delighted to win the professional category and hoped the competition
would make more people realise how good local food was. Every ingredient
in his winning dish, Steamed Wild Sea Trout on Crunchy Vegetables,
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Garnished with a Warm Vinaigrette,
topped with a Crispy Potato Garnish, was sourced locally from Scarborough.
"The area is known for its fish, of course, but everything
else - the vegetables, honey, butter and so on - was also from
Scarborough. We have such a fantastic array of food in Yorkshire
- we don't need to go anywhere else!"
William Bell, the owner of Café Fish, added: "I nominated
David because he has such a passion for good local produce and
I felt that should be recognised. His dish features on our menu
when it's in season - we're very much about using the ingredients
that are available and I think his love of food comes across in
The amateur winner, Tim Cottrill, is 18 years old and currently
in the Sixth Form at St Aidan's CE School in Harrogate. He won
over the judges with Lamb Rack with a Herb and Parmesan Crust,
served with Sticky Carrots, a New Potato and Green Bean Salad and
Savoy Cabbage sautéed in Olive Oil and Wholegrain Mustard,
with a Caramelised Balsamic Vinegar Dressing.
"I've been cooking for the family since I was about 12 years
old and it's been my dream for a few years now to have a restaurant
of my own. I've got my A levels to do and then university, but
winning this competition has given me added impetus to reach my
goal," he explained.
"I wanted my dish to demonstrate the wonderful versatility
of Yorkshire's vegetables and the mouth-watering quality of local
meat. Who needs lamb flown halfway round the world from New Zealand
when we've got such fantastic livestock roaming the fields a mile
down the road?"
Taking the honours in the junior section, Helen Rosillo prepared
Warm Goat's Cheese and Red Onion Tartlet with a Sweet Pepper and
Tomato Chutney, served with Seasonal Leaves and Toasted Pine Nuts.
The 16-year-old, who attends Harrogate Grammar School, said: "I
love cooking and want a career in food. I believe it's very important
that your cooking reflects where you're from.
"I wanted as many of the ingredients as possible in my dish
to be local - I even managed to get local goat's milk butter. I'm
so happy the judges liked my recipe and I see this as the first
step on the ladder for my future."
The three winners will now prepare to cook live on stage at this
year's Countryside Live. The event will also feature the Country
Cool fashion show, the Yorkshire Woodfair, a honey competition,
dog agility, hands-on activities for children such as bread-making
and of course lots of opportunities to taste and buy from local
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