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A very exciting day was had by all at ‘Home of the House Proud’ today as several of the team made the journey down to the WI’s Denman College in Oxfordshire for the final of our ‘Home Made Cook of the Year’ competition.
As many of our regular visitors will know, over the last couple of months we have been running a competition with the support of the WI, Delia Online and Diabetes UK to find the country’s best ‘Home Made Cooks’ – budding chefs were asked to send us a recipe and picture of a main meal dish big enough to feed a family of four, but costing less that £7.50 (we are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year after all)!
We received loads of great entries, many of which we have shared with you on ‘Home of the House Proud’ and many of which we’ll be sharing with you over the following weeks and months. From the entries, a shortlist of three recipes were selected and the talented cooks behind each were invited to the WI’s Denman College today to cook their dishes for celebrity chef Brian Turner and leading food blogger Helen Best-Shaw (Fuss Free Flavours). The three short-listed winners were (all three will be showcased on ‘Home of the House Proud’ this week):
Brian was running a cookery demonstration course ‘A Taste of Christmas’ at Denman College today, which was being sponsored by Morphy Richards and our partner Stoves, so the day started with Brian introducing the three finalists to the 100 ladies in the audience and then giving each of them two hours to rustle up their creations in the Denman College Cookery School. Once the two hours had passed, Brian invited the finalists back in to the auditorium where he was joined by Helen to taste the meals and decide on an overall winner.
After deliberations that lasted a good five minutes, we’re pleased to announce that Sue Wynne’s Audalucian Chicken was the overall winner due to its taste, texture and cost (amongst other things), although all three dishes were of a very high standard (hence the five minutes deliberation time!).
Sue has bagged herself a £1,000 Morphy Richards kitchen makeover, a Stoves Mini Range cooker, a Roberts DAB radio and a one day Women’s Institute cooking course for her and a friend – the perfect prize package for any ‘Home Made Hero’!
Over the coming couple of weeks, we’ll be handing out some runners up prizes to nine other entrants that have impressed the judges with their kitchen creations – watch this space!
As well as the pictures above, we’ve also got a load more pictures from today on our Facebook page, click here to have a look.
A huge thanks to everyone that took the time to enter the competition, here’s to ‘Home Made Cook of the Year 2012’!!