Group Executive Chef Graham Crump of the University of Warwick was crowned winner of the great British barbecue Battle sponsored by RH Hall. The final took place yesterday (June 18) in the historic and picturesque surroundings of Blenheim Palace.
The finals saw eight contestants divided into four categories; Golf Club and Events, Pub, University, and Hotels compete on a Crown Verity barbecue, powered by Calor LPGenius Gas.
Their task was to cook a three course meal in a one-hour timeframe, Ben Bartlett, president of the British barbecue Association and Britain’s best “BBQ-er” said “the standard of entries for this year’s British barbecue Battle surpassed all expectations. Each of the finalist’s dishes showed great creativity, and they all performed and presented their dishes exceptionally well”.
All eight finalists were rewarded with a sharp LED TV, a Simply Stainless professional chefs table and exclusive British barbecue Battle chefs whites. The winner, Graham Crump also walked away with the top of the range Crown Verity barbecue and an accessory pack.
Graham’s winning menu was a starter of king prawns with pickle lemon coriander and garlic butter, in a lion yoghurt and mint dressing, a Main of lamb ox-spring the Kebab served on a toasted flatbread, crispy salad and crunchy pork popcorn, with a lion hickory barbecue sauce and lion ranch dressing and for Dessert a banana, marshmallow and chocolate brioche.
Ray Hall, managing director sponsors RH Hall said “This has been a fantastic day, the standard was exceptionally high and the judging exceptionally close, each menu cooked showed real innovation, creativity and skill. I would like to congratulate Graham, a worthy winner in a very closely contested battle!”
Carol Haime, of Shepherd Neame was the winner in the pub category with Dave Alebon of the Brasshouse in Birmingham, was runner-up.
Terry Wiggins of the House of Commons was winner in the Golf Club and Events category with Mickey Daily and Stewart Jackson of Richins Golf Club runners-up
Simon Crannage of Swinton Park hotel hotel was winner of the hotel category, with James Jefferies of Tern Hill Hall , runner-up.
Matthew Carter of Emanuel College was runner-up in the University category.