Top chefs feeling the heat as food awards battle hots up

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Some of the county’s finest chefs have been battling it out to win two of the prestigious titles in this year’s Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

The competition, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, is now in its sixth year and is again aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink.

The accolades being vied for were those of Young Chef of the Year for budding culinary stars aged 18 to 25, and Chef of the Year for those aged more than 25.

Those competing for the senior title were James Ingram of Mercedes Benz AMG, Brixworth, Harvey Lockwood of Murrays at Whittlebury Hall, Carl Long of Oundle Mill, David Simms of The Talbot Hotel in Oundle and John Tipson of The George and Dragon, at Chacombe.

They took part in a Ready Steady Cook challenge at Northampton College, with the winner to be revealed at the awards ceremony later in the year. The finalists in the Young Chef of the Year saw nine of the county’s finest up and coming chefs from across the county battle it.

Tom Croxford from Thrapston, Sophie Fountain from Brasserie 23 at The King’s Head in Spratton, Leighanne Harrison from The Terrace Restaurant of Highgate House in Creaton and Christian Young from The Priory in Wellingborough won through.

They will take part in a final cook-off at Tresham College in Corby in August.