Local Food Champion

Part of the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival 2011

Now concluded at the festival which took place on 3rd and 4th September at Holkham Hall in front of record numbers of visitors (see press release) the winning chef was Ben Hughes from the White Horse, Overstrand. He is delighted to have won and is looking forward to his prize.

Ben Hughes, winner with judges Ben Hughes winner’s speech

The winning chef will be invited to London courtesy of The Fishmongers’ Company to attend a course at the Billingsgate Seafood Training School, based at the famous Billingsgate Market, and then to spend time with Executive Head Chef Stephen Pini at Fishmongers’ Hall.

The Fishmongers’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London having been in existence for over 700 years. In 1998 The Fishmongers’ Company was instrumental in establishing the Billingsgate Seafood Training School. The founding principles of the school were threefold: to demonstrate to children and young people the importance of seafood in the diet; to keep alive the fishmongering skills now widely lost to the industry and to promote to the public the health benefits of seafood. At Fishmongers’ Hall outstanding cuisine and excellent service are led by award-winning Executive Head Chef, Stephen Pini.

Runner up, Ryan Lee from Titchwell Manor was offered the chance to spend time with the brigade at Morston Hall, one of Norfolk’s best loved Michelin starred establishments. A fitting prize for a very impressive runner up.

Congratulations to all who took part.

The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival was organised by the North Norfolk Business Forum, supported by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which is funded by DEFRA and the EU and delivered through the East of England Development Agency.

Please see www.northnorfolkfoodfestival.co.uk for more information.