Three of the region’s leading chefs swapped the North West for the South West, to compete in the Dirty Dozen barbecue challenge at the Universal Cookery & Food Festival.
Known as the ‘Glastonbury’ for chefs, the festival brings together the best in the industry, inviting them to step out of the kitchen and learn about the land, produce and developments in farming through an eclectic mix of demonstrations, workshops and tours. This year the event marked its fifth anniversary and took place in Padstow.
Simon Shaw, Andrew Nutter and Adam Reid, AKA – The Northern Nutters, joined forces for the Southern affair, taking on three other teams of top chefs from across the UK. Hosted by Dingley Dell Pork, the teams were tasked with cooking up the very best pork dishes.
Two South West students joined the trio in the hope of being crowned Dingley Dell barbecue champion, who had the unique opportunity to work alongside the three acclaimed chefs and develop essential skills. The event fundraised for the charity ‘A Passion to Inspire’ and student chefs assisted all teams.
Speaking on the event, team leader Andrew Nutter said: “I recruited Adam and Simon as they’re top talent and a great laugh, unfortunately we were pipped to the post on the day but we’re really happy with what we cooked up!”
Simon Shaw, Director and Chef Patron at El Gato Negro, commented: “Sadly we didn’t win, although I believe we came a very close second! That said, it was an amazing few days, spending time with the other chefs was great fun and although it was competitive, everybody got along really well. I’m so pleased to have been involved in the event – it was a fantastic and memorable few days.”
Adam Reid, head chef at The French, added: “It’s always a pleasure when us three get together, we cooked up a storm and had great fun doing it.”