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Global cuisineJames Rogers Chef patron, the Grundisburgh Dog, Grundisburgh, Suffolk 01473 735267 ?grundisburghdog.co.uk Tenure: Punch Dish:...

Global cuisine

James Rogers

Chef patron, the Grundisburgh Dog,

Grundisburgh, Suffolk

01473 735267

?grundisburghdog.co.uk

Tenure: Punch

Dish: Tandoori-baked local rabbit

Why is it a winner? The nuts and sultanas add a slight sweetness to the rabbit.

Background: Special initiatives at the Dog include early diners' discounts - this has enabled James to double evening trade. The rabbits on the menu are acquired for free, allowing maximum profits. James is also a finalist in this year's Knorr National Chef of the Year competition.

Judges comments:

James's dish was very attractive to look at. The leg had great flavour and it's fantastic to see a chef butchering his own meat.

Philip Milner

Head chef, the Orange Tree,

Thornham, Norfolk

01485 512213

?theorangetreethornham.co.uk

Tenure: Punch

Dish: Steamed turbot fillets, leek and Brancaster mussel tagliatelle, curry foam.

Why is it a winner? Simple, light and healthy, with local ingredients and a good balance of flavours.

Background: Philip has been a chef for 16 years and after cooking his way around Australia, he returned to Norfolk to work in pubs along the coast. Last year Philip introduced an al-fresco kitchen and dining experience at the pub.

Judges' comments:

The leeks were well-seasoned and tasty and the mussels were very buttery. The overall appearance of the dish was fantastic.

Jason Howlett

Joint head chef, Ring O' Bells,

Thornton, West Yorkshire

01274 832296

?theringobells.com

Tenure: Freehold

Dish: Mixed Thali - Kashmiri chicken, aloo gobi, lamb keema and chick peas.

Why is it a winner? It has a variety of flavours from the Indian continent, ranging from mild to spicy, and is presented in

fashionable, sharing Thali style.

Background: Jason has been a chef for 17 years and started his career in a Greek restaurant in Bradford. He has also spent time cooking in Cyprus. Indian cuisine is

one of Jason's passions and he enjoys

Thali-style dining.

Judges' comments:

It was good to see Jason tasting his food often, to get the spices right. All dishes were oozing with flavour. Thali is a very fashionable way of eating.

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