Hodson was named champion by the judges for his pork, saffron and a few ‘secret gems’ sausage roll at the contest, which took place at Fuller’s site, the Red Lion, Barnes, west London, last night (Wednesday 25 January).
The entrants for the fifth annual Great Sausage Roll Off included five pub chefs alongside several chefs from high-profile restaurants and food businesses.
Chefs Kieran Drinkwater (the Pilot, Chiswick, west London), Jenny Jones (the Kings Head, Hursley, Hampshire), Jon Leyton (the Knife and Cleaver, Houghton, Bedford), Rob Taylor (the Compasses Inn, Canterbury, Kent) and Oliver Marlowe (City Glen Pub Company) competed against each other, along with other restaurant chefs, to take home the Great Sausage Roll Off championship.
Each chef made a batch of a dozen sausage rolls at the event, which was hosted by beer sommelier and food writer Melissa Cole.
Four sausage rolls from each contestant’s batch were judged and the rest were cut and arranged into platters then auctioned off to children’s charity, Shooting Star Chase.
Entries were judged by former The Berkeley Pierre Koffman, Restaurant Alimentum chef-patron Mark Poynton, Duck and Waffle chef-director Dan Doherty and Temper chef-patron Neil Rankin.