2024 Sausage Roll Off winner revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Champion dish: Alan Paton was named the winner of the 2024 Sausage Roll Off
Champion dish: Alan Paton was named the winner of the 2024 Sausage Roll Off

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This year’s Sausage Roll Off champion has been announced as Alan ‘Sir Porketeer’ Paton.

He beat off stiff competition at the event last week and was among 17 chefs who cooked up savoury treats and served them to the panel of esteemed judges.

The annual competition to find the best sausage roll was hosted by the Red Lion in Barnes’ managers Angus McKean and Claire Morgan.

Moreover, £5,000 was raised on the night for Only A Pavement Away through tickets and sausage roll sales.

This year’s judges were Simon Hulstone from the Elephant, presenter and journalist Jeremy Vine, journalist and food writer Melissa Thompson and St John co-founder Trevor Gulliver with beer and food writer Melissa Cole compering the event.

Winning roll

Alan Paton’s winning creation was a Suffolk Duroc pork and black pudding Battenburg with Yorkshire rhubarb curd.

Second place was awarded to Alec ‘The Weeping Chef’ Tomasso for his handmade pig cheek cotechino sausage with croissant dough, crackling and tomato sauce powder, served with basil and spicy pepper sauce.

Meanwhile, head baker of the Real Food Café in Tyndrum Kat Dima took home third place with The Kilted Wonder – a pork and haggis sausage roll served with spicy ketchup.

On his win, Paton said: “I’m delighted to have won this year’s Roll Off. It’s such a great event and an honour to spend time with my culinary companions – trying their creations and hearing their stories. This trophy will be displaying proudly for all to see.”

The Red Lion manager Angus McKean also participated in the competition.

Skill level

He said: “Once again, the Great Sausage Roll Off was a fantastic event.

“The level of skill these chefs have is incredible and the passion that emanates out of all of them created an electric atmosphere – in the kitchen and for our audience.

“The judges had a difficult job to pick a winner. The calibre was so high – each entry was a delicious sausage roll delight.

“Thank you to everyone who entered and to the excellent panel of judges. A big thanks to everyone who joined us on the night too.

“We raised £5,000 for Only A Pavement Away – a charity close to all of our hearts in the hospitality sector.”

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