Lexington Catering chef wins Tabasco Pub Menu Challenge

Winner Emily Orton
13/03/2018 - 07:00
Lexington Catering chef Emily Orton took home the winning prize at hot sauce brand, Tabasco’s Pub Menu Challenge last week (6 March) during Hotelympia.

Held in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs, applicants had to create a starter and main course fitting with a mainstream pub menu and current trends, as well as providing “detailed cost for the dishes with a cost per portion and recommended selling price” upon submission.

Successful applicants then went head-to-head in front of a live audience in the Live Theatre, where they were given one hour to prepare and cook two portions of their menu.

Orton served a smoked habanero Tabasco pulled pork sausage roll with Tabasco apple and sultana chutney and Tabasco salt crackling for starter and a Chipotle Tabasco chicken and pancetta pie for main.

Andrew Green, Craft Guild of Chefs director of operation, said: “Congratulations to Emily Orton from Lexington Catering for winning best-in-class. All competitors worked extremely hard. This competition is a great opportunity for young chefs to be recognised for their talent and skills.”

Impressing judges, including Guild member and chef Steve Munkley; Tabasco brand corporate chef Gary Evans; development director at Creative Foods Europe, Lee Tynan and Stonegate Pub Company’s director of food, Kevin Steppe, Orton took home an all-expenses paid trip to Avery
Island (Louisiana, where Tabasco sauce is
made) as well as her dishes featuring on Stonegate pubs and restaurant menus across the country.

She said: “I’m excited, happy, nervous. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”

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