Cortilla awarded PubChef BBQ title

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Wayne Cortilla, chef at the Royal Oak in Poynings, near Brighton, East Sussex, has won the PubChef Battle of the BBQs 2007 contest. Cortilla...

Wayne Cortilla, chef at the Royal Oak in Poynings, near Brighton, East Sussex, has won the PubChef Battle of the BBQs 2007 contest.

Cortilla impressed judges with his dish, A Taste of Sussex. It included Poynings Grange lamb and garden mint burger, belly pork, and diver-caught seared scallops with black pudding and gooseberry chutney.

The final was held at the Royal Oak in Kings Bromley, Staffordshire.

The judging panel featured Alastair Sawday's Pubs and Inns Guide editor David Hancock, Craft Guild of Chefs chief executive Martin Bates, "BBQ" Ben Bartlett from the British BBQ team and development chef for competition sponsor Heinz Foodservice Gary Barnshaw.

The two runners-up were Tony Robson-Burrell, chef/owner of the Wheatsheaf at Oaksey, Wiltshire, with a dish of yellow-fin tuna, red wine, capers and olives, and Dave Gurr-Gearing, owner of the Charlton Arms, Ludford Bridge, Shropshire, with his dish of spatchcocked quail in Tuscan herb salt served on wilted greens.

The final took place during National BBQ Week.

Cortilla is now set to join the Best of Britain BBQ team at one of their international BBQ competitions later this year.

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