Sam Papworth, Papworth Butchers
Polly Guy with TV chef Jean-Christophe Novelli
Jeremy Parke, No Twenty9
Iain McCarten head chef Last Wine Bar Pic courtesy of Archant
Dan Smith, Ingham Swan, Wildebeest, Stoke Holy Cross and Warwick Street Social.
Arnold Keys Cook Off

Norfolk businesswoman and winner of Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me, Polly Guy, will be showing off her culinary skills at Norfolk’s Aylsham Show.

And Phil Cooper, lettings partner and Catherine Hunt, lettings property manager, both from property agents and sponsors, Arnolds Keys, are going head to head in the annual ‘Ready, Steady, Cook challenge as part of the day’s events.

Just like the BBC TV cooking game show, two professional chefs will reveal some key ingredients on the day in front of an audience – and Phil and Catherine need to come up with a dish which they cook on the spot with a time limit. The audience then votes for the winner.

It’s all part of the cookery theatre antics forming part of the Aylsham Show taking place on the Blickling estate on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, with proceeds going to charity.

The one-day agricultural show has a host of trade stalls and exhibitions as well as livestock displays and a food hall. But the cookery theatre, sponsored by Arnolds Keys, is always a big attraction with a schedule of chefs throughout the day demonstrating how to create some culinary masterpieces live on stage in front of an audience.

This year Norfolk celebrity chef and owner of her own catering business, Polly’s Pantries, Polly Guy returns but this time not as a judge but demonstrating how to make a quick and easy starter and dessert.

Polly stepped in last year to help organisers after a chef cancelled at the last minute. This time she will be doing her own demo.

Joining her in the list of chefs from different Norfolk businesses will be Dan Smith, who appeared on TV’s the Great British Menu in 2016 and is chef patron of the Ingham Swan, which re-opened after a devastating fire, and also the Wildebeest, Stoke Holy Cross and owner of the Warwick St Social in Norwich.

Also taking part will be Iain McCarten, head chef at the Last Wine Bar in Norwich, who is also part of the management team of the business after it was bought out by a consortium of investors earlier this year.

He will be joined by Jeremy Parke, executive head chef at No Twenty9 bar and restaurant in Burnham Market, having joined that establishment in April after Season restaurant in Wells-on-Sea and Cley Windmill. With Aylsham Show regulars, Johnny Payne and Jason Gibbons from Coxfords butchers deciding to take a break this year, Sam Papworth, from Papworth butchers, with businesses in Fakenham, Swaffham, Sheringham, and North Walsham, is stepping in. He will give a 30 minute butchery demo.

The details above will be updated once the 2020 Programme is finalised.


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