Swinton Park’s Chef to feature on ITV1

15th November, 2011

Swinton Park’s Chef to feature in ITV1′s – “Best Dish : The Chefs”

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Simon Crannage, Executive Chef at Swinton Park, will be competing next Wednesday in the Northern Region heats of a new ITV1 cookery series “Best Dish : The Chefs”.

ITV’s flagship cookery programme Britain’s Best Dish is now back with a brand new version which pits some of the nation’s most successful and established chefs against each other in the toughest culinary competition on TV.

Fast, fun and full of drama, BEST DISH: THE CHEFS is the ultimate food challenge and sees for the first time professional chefs put through their paces in front of some of the country’s fiercest food critics to prove they have the nation’s best dish.

Presented by MARY NIGHTINGALE, each day professional chefs from across the country go head-to-head in a series of keenly contested cooking duels to find out who has the Best Main Course and the Best Pudding.  The competition is whittled down as the chefs do their best to impress BEST DISH: THE CHEFS judges ED BAINES, JOHN BURTON RACE and JILLY GOOLDEN, and esteemed experts from Britain’s best selling restaurant guide – The Good Food Guide.

On Wednesday 23rd November, Simon goes head to head with Frances Atkins from The Yorke Arms at Pateley Bridge (near Harrogate) for the Main Course. Simon is hoping to win over the judges with his three types of tender meat from his Swinton Estate venison; loin, ham and haunch served with home grown garden roots and roasted buckwheat, whilst Frances is cooking Nidderdale Grouse and shoulder of lamb with roots and bilberry mead.

The winner will get through to the Regional Final knockout which will take place on Friday 25th November, for a place in the Quarter Finals.


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Notes for the Editor :

  1. Swinton Park is a 31 bedroom luxury castle hotel in the Yorkshire Dales.
  2. 2012 Awards include Hotel of the Year (White Rose Awards), finalist Outstanding Customer Service Award (White Rose Awards), Hotel of the Year and Chef of the Year (Yorkshire Life).

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