Sausage Roll OffThe 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!
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
The Great Sausage Roll Off Finalists
The Dining Room, Abersoch
Chef Si Toft @eldiningroomi
Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa
Chef Alan Paton @alanpaton7
The Botanist, Broadgate
Chef Daniel Merry @BotanistEC2
Chef Mat Follas
BAFTA 195 Piccadilly
Chef Anton Manganaro @AntonManganaro
Charlies Norfolk Food Heroes
Chef Charlie Hodson @charlieboychef
Green & Fortunes at Sea Containers
Chef Brendan Fyldes @BrenFyldes
Chef Simon Oakley @Simonoakley1
The Knife & Cleaver, Houghton Conquest
Chef Jon Leyton @KnifeandCleaver
The Compasses Inn, Crundale
Chef Rob Taylor @compasses_inn
Down Hall Country House Hotel
Chef Matthew Hill @hillmatt16
City Glen Pub Company
Chef Oliver Marlowe – @ollymarlowe
Greig Hunter @greighunter
Temple and Sons Restaurant
Chef Keith Hooker @templeandsons
Chef Stewart Parker @stewart__parker
Chef Chris Brumby @MYPIE_LDN (2014 Roll Off Winner)
Prep Cook Eat Supper Club
Chef Phil Harrison @prep_cook_eat (2016 Roll off Winner)
The Kings Head, Wickham
Chef Catharine Johnson @Cazj308Cazj
The Chamberlain Hotel Minories
Chef Kev Jones @kevjonesefc
If you think you've got the recipe for the next great sausage roll, get in touch with us for next year's competition.
Each chef makes a batch of a dozen sausage rolls. Four are judged and the rest are cut and arranged into platters, then auctioned off to all for a serious, deserving cause Shooting Star Chase. Our aim is raise as much money as we can for them, and we push it further every year.
This year’s winner was Chef Charlie Hodson who defeated other shortlisted chefs (including previous years’ winners) with his homage to locally sourced Norfolk ingredients.
Chef Alan Paton, at Stoke by Nayland Grand Hotel Golf and Spa, was awarded second place for a Burns' Night themed display..
Brendan Fyldes, Head Chef at Green and Fortune at Sea Containers, came in third place with his venison, mulled wine and apple roll.
A "Thank you" to our sponsors
Here at The Red Lion we are most gracious to the help we receive from a few overly generous sponsors to which we would not be able to put on the show.
We would like to thank Rational UK & their team of development chefs, who supply cooking expertise & brand new state of the art ovens year on year without question. Also I.O.Shen Knives who supply the top prize of their own bespoke, highly valued, unique, hand engraved knives to the winner. Our very own Fuller’s Brewery who support us at every turn. And finally a special mention to the ever present Award-winning beer and food writer Melissa Cole who has been on hand to host the event right from its inception. In her own words, “It’s like herding cats”, but we love it !