Ready, Steady Food Awards cook-off

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SOME of the city’s best chefs were put through their culinary paces yesterday.

The six contestants took part in the Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards Chef of the Year competition at the kitchens of Milton Keynes College’s The Chef in Waiting.

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The contest is part of the inaugural Food & Leisure Awards, which is backed by the Citizen.

The awards aim to honour the best in food, drink, hospitality and leisure throughout the city.

Taking part were Chicheley Hall’s Terry Pritchard, Paul Capener from Kingfisher Country Club, Mark Austin of The Swan, Salford, Scott Ludlow from the Purple Goose in Woburn Sands, the Mercure Hotel’s David Green and Shanti Bhushan from Brasserie Blanc.

They prepared a starter, main course and dessert with the assistance of two students from the college, who acted as commi chefs.

Judges including MK Dons boss Karl Robinson and the college’s Mark Lewis tucked into the food and fed results back to awards organiser Steven Dryden-Hall.

He said: “There were some great dishes and lots of different food.

“The skill set of these chefs is fantastic. They were a bit nervous at the start, but you could really see them settle into their work.

“It was a fantastic start to the awards and it will get better and better.”

The winner will be announced at a special gala evening at The Swan in Milton Keynes Village on Sunday, May 13.

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