Norfolk hunt for the best amateur cooks

The heat is being turned up on amateur cooks to bring back a prestigious title for home-grown gourmet food back to Norfolk.Two years ago Aylsham pig farmer John Kenny triumphed in the first series of the Britain's Best Dish television series with his slow cooked pork belly with spiced roast apple and crackling.

The heat is being turned up on amateur cooks to bring back a prestigious title for home-grown gourmet food back to Norfolk.

Two years ago Aylsham pig farmer John Kenny triumphed in the first series of the Britain's Best Dish television series with his slow cooked pork belly with spiced roast apple and crackling.

Last year the winner was from Hampshire, but next month a panel of expert judges will visit Norwich to check out new Norfolk hopefuls.

It is one of seven locations around the UK for regional auditions, where people will be asked to pitch their dishes on camera.


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Those with the most potential - according to chefs John Burton Race and Ed Baines and wine expert Jilly Goolden - will be invited to London to take part in a live studio 'cook off.'

The show, to be screened on ITV1 later this year, aims to find the country's tastiest home-grown recipes - with a �10,000 prize for the winner.

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Series producer Putul Verma said: 'We want as many people as possible to come forward. It will be a fun day.

'There will be no cooking involved at this stage, but we want everyone to bring an example of their dish, or a photo of it, or something else that will make it stand out for the judges.

'Norfolk's glorious heritage of agriculture and fishing speaks for itself, and what's why we see so many great dishes when we visit each year.

'Whether it's a Cromer crab, eel pie, or beautiful Norfolk turkey we're sure there'll be a fantastic variety of dishes to choose from.'

The auditions will be at the Great Hospital in Bishopgate on Saturday March 21. Anyone interested in taking part should contact bestdish@itv.com or call 0871 62 66 222

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