The Sausage Roll is so much more than just the stalwart of the wedding buffet.
Since 2013, the Red Lion in Barnes has been giving this much overlooked buffet item the attention it deserves with the creation of the almost, nearly, infamous, Great Sausage Roll Off. A bit like the X Factor meets Masterchef, it is an evening of crazy culinary pleasure, taken in the most seriously light hearted way.
It is a live cooking event where around 20 professional chefs take their turns to create, roll and bake their own take on the Sausage Roll. It’s no mean feat, the cooking goes on in heats and lasts up to four hours!
2017 Winner Charlie Hodson
After cooking, there is a continual procession of cooks, pastry wrapped progenies in hand, taking the long nervy walk through the baying mob towards the judges table.
Set up high at the top of the pub, a panel of experts no less. Some plucked from TV land, Michelin starred kitchens, the Food press and other high echelons of the edible stratosphere! There, they study, devour and give fourth their opinions of their supper until a winner is declared later into the night.
The evening is open to the public. It is totally free and un-ticketed to watch.
The Great Sausage Roll Off is huge on Twitter. Get involved, watch the banter and use #rolloff