Pub chefs battle it out to create best dish in Hampshire

FINISHING TOUCHES Head chef Jon Morley of The Red Lion in Chalton was one of four finalists.             Picture: Sarah Standing (112364-573)

FINISHING TOUCHES Head chef Jon Morley of The Red Lion in Chalton was one of four finalists. Picture: Sarah Standing (112364-573)

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THE cream of pub chefs around Hampshire were put to the taste test at a live cook-off at Gunwharf Quays.

Chefs from 19 Fuller’s pubs have been battling it out to produce the ‘Hampshire Best Dish 2011’ award as part of this month’s Hampshire Food Festival.

The top four competed live on stage yesterday to create mouth-watering dishes in just 20 minutes using locally sourced ingredients.

Among them was Jon Morley, head chef at the Red Lion, Chalton, who served up Hampshire pork belly on crushed new potatoes with Denmead pork and HSB sausage, buttered peas and watercress and homegrown sage.

Despite being pipped to the top prize by the trio of crab concocted by Christian Rivron of the Fisherman’s Rest, Lymington, Jon said: ‘It was good to be involved in such a great competition. I was very proud of myself and all the staff who worked so hard on our dish. I hope we can do better next year.’

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