The Smoking Goat in Shoreditch has been crowned champion at the eighth Scotch Egg Challenge at The Canonbury in Islington.
In a fiercely contested competition between 23 chefs, Robert Juer and Meedu Saad came out on top for their Thai spiced fermented crab with Tamworth pork egg.
The illustrious panel of judges placed Trevor Hunt of the Drapers Arms, last year’s winning venue, in second place with his ‘Hamey’ egg made with ham hock.
Third place split the judges and in joint position were Tim Anderson from Nanban in Brixton with his tea pickled egg with pork mince flavoured with Scotch bonnet bamboo shoots, garlic chips and parmesan with a ramen noodle panko bread crumb served with a Leopard sesame pork broth for dipping; and Matt Hunter from North Yorkshire’s, Star Inn The City with his duck breast and confit duck leg with Nose 2 Tail pork encased in a crackling crumb.
Other contestants providing exceptional flavour combinations included James Ramsden from Pidgin, Calum Franklin from Holborn Dining Rooms and Stephen Englefield from The Jugged Hare.
For the first year, the Challenge partnered with community kitchen Refettorio Felix, to auction off 12 of the best seats in the house.
Seated alongside press and mingling with the chefs, winners enjoyed all of the eggs on offer.
A range of specially designed Scotch Egg Challenge t-shirts, fashioned by compere Joe Warwick, were also sold to raise additional funds for the worthy cause. Next up, the winning Smoking Goat chefs, on a date of their choice, will be creating a special three course menu at the community kitchen in Earl’s Court.