Search for the best Yorkshire Pudding

Do you make a great Yorkshire pudding? Do you deserve to be the next Yorkshire Pudding champion?

On Saturday 8th September, The Cooking School at Dean Clough Halifax is holding its annual Great Yorkshire Pudding Challenge and they want you to enter.

Mandy and I were judges last year (and again this year) and we can confirm it’s all great fun. Entrants arrived with their favourite recipe, secret ingredient, best pan and so on and there was a plenty of teasing and light hearted banter.

The Mayor of Halifax in his chains and his pinny kicked off proceedings and then got stuck in making his own Yorkshire pudding.

Surprisingly considering the common ingredients – flour, eggs, milk, salt – the puds all tasted quite different and if you want a judge’s tip, many of them were under-seasoned. Chris Blackburn’s from Copley Halifax was spot on and he was crowned 2011 amateur Yorkshire Pudding champion with Ben Cox from the Star at Sancton taking the prize for the professionals.

This year, the chefs are Ashley McCarthy (Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton); Darren Parkinson (Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax) and last year’s returning champion, Ben Cox (Star at Sancton). They are still on the lookout for a chef to represent South Yorkshire. If you are one, get in touch and if you are an enthusiastic amateur and  fancy having a go, sign up here www.thecookingschool.co.uk

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