The editor of the Richmond and Twickenham Times will go head-to-head with chefs in a British Bake Off-style sausage roll competition in Barnes.
David Rankin, a self-confessed culinary enthusiast, hopes to make mincemeat of his 19 competitors when he puts his kitchen skills to the test in the Red Lion’s annual sausage roll off on Tuesday, January 28, judged by top industry experts, including food critic Charles Campion.
Mr Rankin, 33, is optimistic his “celebration of pork and apple” will wow the judges who also include Celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner, chef of the year Hayden Groves and food blogger Danny Kingston.
Mr Rankin said: “I love making sausage rolls, and cooking in general, but this is the first time I’ve truly put my skills to the test.”
Last year, chef Thomas Fabre from the Mason Arms, Battersea, stole the show with his wild boar roll.
Prizes on offer include a personalised set of Blok knives, tickets to the Champions League, a weekend away in a five-star hotel and tour of a vodka distillery.
Mr Rankin added: “I am incredibly excited, and mildly terrified, to be taking part in this competition, with a remarkable set of judges, great prizes and, judging by last year’s entrants, a very high standard of cooking. Fingers crossed it goes OK.”
Competitors can make their filling and pastry beforehand and have 15 minutes assembling time and 25 minutes baking time during five heats.
Pub manager Angus McKean hopes people will come to the pub to support the competitors from 6pm onwards.
He said: “We are a good pub that does good British food so it is about holding an event that will compliment the pub.
“It is open to the public to come and watch and we hope they do.”