Three of the the region’s leading chefs will be swapping the North West for the South West this week, to compete in the Dirty Dozen barbeque challenge at the Universal Cookery and Food Festival.

Known as the ‘Glastonbury’ for chefs, the festival brings together the best in the industry, inviting them to step out of the kitchen and learn about the land, produce and developments in farming through an eclectic mix of demonstrations, workshops and tours.

This year marks its fifth anniversary and will be staged in Padstow.

Simon Shaw, Andrew Nutter and Adam Reid, AKA – The Northern Nutters, are joining forces for the Southern affair, taking on three other teams of top chefs from across the UK.

Hosted by Dingley Dell Pork, the teams are tasked with cooking up the very best pork dishes.

Joining the trio in their mission to be crowned Dingley Dell barbeque champion will be two South West students, who will have the unique opportunity to work alongside the three acclaimed chefs and develop essential skills.

The event will fundraise for the charity ‘A Passion to Inspire’, with student chefs assisting all teams.

Speaking on the event, team leader Andrew Nutter said: “I’ve recruited Adam and Simon as they’re top talent and they’re a great laugh. The competition will be good fun and it’s all for a good cause.”

Simon Shaw, Director and Chef Patron at El Gato Negro, commented: “This promises to be a fun event and it’s great to be involved. I’m sure us Northern Nutters will put up a good fight!”

Adam Reid, head chef at The French, added: “It’s always a pleasure when us three get together, I’m sure we’ll cook up a storm and show the South what we’ve got.”

Event-goers can attend the cook off to enjoy free beer and tasty pork baps, straight from the professionals. For tickets and further information visit:


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