Entries open in search for Britain’s best scotch eggs


scotch egg challenge

Bars, pubs, restaurants and cafés are being urged to enter this year’s competition to find Britain’s best scotch egg.

Now in its fifth year, the Scotch Egg Challenge is calling for recipes for the classic bar dish, with two categories of “Traditional” and “Unconventional”. The deadline for entries is September 10.

The final will be held on October 20 at The Canonbury Tavern in Islington, London, the pub and restaurant run by Oísin Rogers who founded the competition.

The event will feature a judging panel of food experts and be compered by Guardian food critic and best-selling author Joe Warwick.

To enter, email canonbury@youngs.co.uk for an entry form and guidelines.

Last year, Michael Harrison of collective The Cornwall Project was victorious with his hog pudding and Cornish scotch egg.

The final of the Challenge will be a cook-off, with all chefs being assigned a 15-minute time slot in which to cook their eggs.

In the “Traditional” category, all recipes must honour the original recipe created at Fortnum & Mason in 1738 and include a whole egg wrapped in minced meat and coated in breadcrumbs.

In the “Unconventional” category, they want to give chefs the opportunity to use their creativity to turn the bar snack into something far more “egg-citing”. As long as it contains an egg, the rest is up to the entrant.

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