Kent pub wins British dish competition

By Lesley Foottit

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Winning dish: cod rarebit
Winning dish: cod rarebit
A Kent pub has won the Best of British chef competition run by brewer Shepherd Neame and foodservice supplier Brakes. Winning chef Stephen Osbourn...

A Kent pub has won the Best of British chef competition run by brewer Shepherd Neame and foodservice supplier Brakes.

Winning chef Stephen Osbourn of the Royal Albion Hotel in Maidstone created a two-course meal of roast cod rarebit on leek and thyme potato cake with pea purée, red amaranth and fish foam, followed by a baked Stilton and Bramley apple cheesecake on a poppy seed and walnut base with balsamic dressed strawberries.

He was commended on the dish's use of British ingredients, taste, presentation and the overall balance of the dishes.

"Each contestant produced unique, tasty dishes showcasing the Best of British," said head of food marketing Sally Sturley. "It was a difficult task for the judges to choose a winner. However Stephen made exceptional use of all British ingredients and created a stunning two course meal which won him the title."

The competition was launched to celebrate British Food Fortnight (17 September to 2 October) and raise awareness of British produce. The winning dishes will be available at selected Shepherd Neame managed pubs during the fortnight and Osbourn received a one-to-one tuition course from celebrity chef Richard Philips and a three piece Global kitchen knife set.

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