This year’s event takes place on 8 February (rest assured we will be there, dear reader) at the Canonbury Tavern, Islington. Fifteen chefs will compete in two categories, with chefs from Ealing Park Tavern and The Rat Inn taking part in the ‘Traditional Egg’ category honouring the classic Scotch Egg. The ‘Unconventional Egg’ category allows a little more culinary freedom, and features chefs from The Cinnamon Collection and Tang.
The event is free to attend, and hosted by food writer and journalist Joe Warwick. Judges include the Evening Standard’s food critic, Fay Maschler; the Guardian’s food editor, Bob Granleese; chef Ben Chapman of Smoking Goat; and Restaurant Magazine’s Stefan Chomka.
Previous Scotch egg challenge winners
Last year’s event was won by by Chef Calum Franklin of Holborn Dining Rooms for his white pudding and sausage creation (pictured above) in the Traditional category, and Princess Victoria’s Nick Maloney was named winner in the unconventional category with his Thai Scotch Egg. In 2014 Michael Harrison from The Cornwall Project lifted the silverware with his hog’s pudding Cornish scotch egg, while in 2013 The British Larder won with a stunning smoked venison version.
The competitors in full
Absurd Burd (@AbsurdBirdUK), Talli Joe (@TalliJoe), The Rat Inn (@ratales), Tempur (@temperldn), Rotunda Bar and Restaurant (@rotundalondon), Pie Truck (@mypie_ldn), tanner and Co (@Tanner_Co), Ealing Park Tavern (@ealingtavern), Mac and Wild (@MacandWild), Cinnamon Collection (@CinnamonClub), Tang (@TangLondon), The Dairy (@TheDairyClapham), Drapers Arms (@DrapersArms), Boma (@BomaRestaurant) and Holborn Dining Room (@HolbornDining).