Thursday 26th July 2012 9:37 AM
Yorkshire has often set the scene for epic battles whether it is the War of Roses or Viking conquest. Though no battle has ever been more important to the people of Yorkshire than the Great Yorkshire Pudding Challenge taking place at The Cooking School, Dean Clough, Halifax.
Last year East and West Yorkshire won the inaugural professional- amateur competition with Ben Cox of the Star at Sancton (East) taking the Professional crown and Christopher Blackburn of Copley, Halifax (West) winning the amateur class.
The competition sees Yorkshire's top chefs go head to head to create the best tasting Yorkshire Puddings. Amateur chefs also have the opportunity to create their recipes and compete against the other contestants.
This year's competition sees defending Champion Ben Cox return to represent East Yorkshire again. Whilst the chefs for the rest of Yorkshire are to be confirmed.
Matthew Benson-Smith, Executive Head Chef Manager at The Cooking School said, "Last Year we had some very good amateur contestants who provided a whole array of different Yorkshire Puddings. We ask the contestants bring their own recipes, ingredients and tins, after watching the professionals in action our contestants then line up for a cook off and are then judged anonymously."
Judging again this year will be Jill Turton and Amanda Wragg of expert Yorkshire food guide "Squidbeak".
The competition takes place on Saturday 8 September in order to take part register here. Places are free but limited therefore contestants will be chosen at random and notified by email.
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