The Great Sausage Roll off at the Red Lion, Barnes, proved an even bigger hit in its second year. Sixteen top chefs and even a local journalist braved the expert judging panel with their weird and wonderful creations. This year’s variety of pastry wrapped sausage treats focused not only the flavours of the roll itself but also on the presentation and garnishes.
Chris Brumby from Ben’s Canteen based in Battersea was this year’s stand out winner with his All Day Breakfast Sausage Roll with Bloody Mary Shot. The fantastic sausage roll was inspired by Ben’s Canteen brunch that is one of London’s most indulgent brunches, served seven days a week. Runners up to Chris were Jamie Thicket and sous chef Ben Mullock from the Opera Tavern with their Iberico Pork Sausage Roll. Third place went to Andrew Justice of The Running Horse in Mayfair with his Wild Rabbit and Chestnut Mushroom sausage roll alongside a carrot and thyme puree.
As well as the fabulous selection of sausage rolls, Chase vodka provided its marmalade mule cocktails to wash down the pastry creations. James Chase has a vested interested in the Roll Off as he owns the third placed competitor, The Running Horse. Chase kindly supplied his signature marmalade vodka for everyone to try as well as samples of its range as prizes for the hard working chefs.
Angus McKean, manager of the Red Lion commented: “I was hoping for a vast selection of sausage rolls and creative flair from the chefs and I was not disappointed. All of the entries had their own unique taste and character. It was a superb event that just keeps getting better. We’re already looking forward to next year.”
Read more about the chefs, judges and sausage rolls in the Great Sausage Roll Off on Twitter, using the hashtag #rolloff.