Scramble to make regal breakfast

COULD you whip up a breakfast fit for a Queen?

This is the challenge being thrown down to cooks and chefs in Northamptonshire to create their own Jubilee breakfast menu.

The Northamptonshire Jubilee breakfast is a new category in the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards and was added this year to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

It is aimed at cafes, B&Bs and hotels who must come up with a two-course breakfast menu – including at least one hot dish – and a drink to celebrate the Royal occasion.

Entrants must complete an entry form giving details about themselves and their proposed menu, then a shortlist of chefs will be invited to take part in a cook-off at Tresham College in Corby on June 1 when a panel of judges will assess the entrants’ quality of food and service.

Awards co-ordinator Rachel Mallows said: “I’m really looking forward to the Northamptonshire Jubilee breakfast category as we believe that food and festivities go hand in hand and it seemed the perfect way to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.”

The annual Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards are devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership with the aim of celebrating the best local produce and drink Northamptonshire has to offer.

They are also a way of recognising the county’s top restaurants and chefs.

Categories include restaurant of the year, young chef of the year and the Evening Telegraph-sponsored community pub of the year.

Explore’s Chairman, André Gonzales de Savage, of Explore Communications, sponsor of the Jubilee breakfast category, said: “We see this competition as an important opportunity for the vibrancy of Northamptonshire’s food and drink sector to be recognised and rewarded for its significant contribution to the country’s wholesome nutritional economy.”

The closing date for entries for the Northamptonshire Jubilee breakfast category is May 12.

To enter, visit the website www.letyourselfgrow.com/foodanddrinkawards