THE HEAT was on for three chefs who competed in a Cook Off for the Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards Judge Paul Foster.
Tobias Reutt, of Earlsdon Supper Club, Colm Jones of The Green Dragon and Sam Barnett of The Loft, all in Coventry, had one hour to prepare a dish of their choice in their bid for the title of Fine Dining Chef of the Year.
These dishes were then judged, at The Farm in Snitterfield by Michelin Star chef Paul, of Salt in Stratford, accompanied by Warwickshire food blogger and journalist Ellen Manning.
The winner will be among those revealed at the Foodie Awards ceremony at The Box at Coventry’s Fargo Village, on Thursday June 16.
The second awards, being run in partnership with Visit Warwickshire and Visit Coventry, focuses on quality, service and innovation with an emphasis on farm to fork, including best artisan food and drink producers, farm shop, independent food and drink retailer, newcomer, street food trader and chef or cook of the year.
Paul said: “I’m always looking for the same things when I judge a competition, first and foremost is execution and seasoning and then technique, but the most important thing is how it tastes. What have they done with the ingredients, are they seasonal, and the presentation.”
The Foodie Awards will once again be raising money for The Trussell Trust network of eight food banks in Coventry and Warwickshire. For the full list of finalists visit foodieawards.co.uk