Chefs used all their culinary skills to create a breakfast fit for a queen.
They took part in the jubilee breakfast category of the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2012/13.
The competition was held at The Manor restaurant, Corby, part of Tresham Institute, and was introduced for the first time to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Entrants were asked to cook and serve a two-course breakfast and drink and the winner was The Church Restaurant in Northampton.
Its chef Jesse Richards and waitress Gemma Martin impressed the judges with their royal menu.
It included an Earl Grey-infused tea loaf served with apricot preserve from The Pickled Village in Bulwick, followed by Queen of Tarts, which combined Saul’s of Spratton sausages with apple and asparagus. It was served with a hash brown using mushrooms from Moreton Pinkney, near Brackley.
Both dishes were washed down with a glass of English Rose, a drink Gemma mixed using blended strawberries from Dovecote Farm at Newton, near Kettering, Champs D’Amour sparkling wine from Brixworth vintners Fleurfields and topped with crystallized petals of the Queen Elizabeth rose.
Gemma said: “Jesse and I are really proud to have represented the whole Church team and we’re over the moon to have won this award. We put a lot of effort into the jubilee theme of our dishes and in trying to source as much local produce as we could.”
Oundle Mill was named runner-up in the competition and the other two finalists were Charterhouse Retreat at Flore and Hope Enterprises of Northampton.
One of the judges, Claire Jezard, a catering lecturer at Tresham Institute, said: “I want to congratulate all of our finalists. The standard was excellent in everything from hygiene to culinary skills, and the quality of the local produce they sourced for their menus.”
Corby mayor Mohammed Rahman, who presented certificates to the four finalists, said: “I will be meeting the Queen when she comes to Corby next week and I’m sure she would be very pleased to think of the wonderful culinary delights that were prepared in her honour.”