‘WAR OF THE ROSES’ STRIKES ON YORKSHIRE DAY!
CONTROVERSIAL LANCASHIRE HOTPOT SERVED IN A YORKSHIRE PUDDING BAGS THE CROWN AT INAUGURAL GREAT YORKSHIRE PUDDING CHALLENGE FINAL
It might have been a fight between six aspiring chefs but the ‘War of the Roses’ reigned supreme as the winner of the first Great Yorkshire Pudding Challenge (GYPC) was crowned. Cooks across the country have been whisking and baking harder than ever to create a Yorkshire Pudding masterpiece like no other for the inaugural event held on 1st August - Yorkshire Day. Now, the hunt is over, and taking home the coveted title is Tom Casson with his Yorkshire Pudding filled with Lancashire hotpot named the ‘War of the Roses’. Taken straight from the pages of history when York fought against Lancashire, could this controversial Yorkshire pudding be the thing to unite the two counties and send them into a Yorkie-filled frenzy?
Prior to the announcement of the winner live on BBC Look North, the six finalists rose to the challenge as they went head to head in the cook off, devised by kings of batter, The York Roast Co. and held at renowned The Cookery School at The Grand, York. The lucky six then presented their tempting creations to judges Chris Blackburn, the reigning World Yorkshire Pudding Champion, Head Chef Tutor at The Grand York Andrew Dixon, and host Wayne Chadwick, MD of The York Roast Co.
With no two recipes the same, the six finalists whipped up their versions of the Yorkie classic. Alongside the winning pud, Lynette Jenkins put a twist on a classic roast side dish with her cauliflower cheese bake with a Yorkshire pudding crust. Adding a little spice to proceedings, Juliet McCardle made a Saffron Yorkshire pudding with beef koftas, harissa carrots and yogurt with pomegranate molasses while Nella Foulds created an entirely new concept; Yorkshire pudding waffles with roast beef. Proving that the Yorkie pud is perfect for those with a sweet tooth, Garry Sykes served his Yorkshire pudding with rhubarb crumble custard, and Bethan Taylor-Garret made cocoa lovers dreams come true with a chocolate-topped popping raspberry creme Yorkshire pudding.