Chef's hopes pinned on sponge pudding

PUBLISHED: 08:45 01 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:56 22 October 2010


Norfolk chef Galton Blackiston was left looking disappointed in last night's TV cookery contest when his duck dish narrowly missed out on being put to the public vote.

Norfolk chef Galton Blackiston was left looking disappointed in last night's TV cookery contest when his duck dish narrowly missed out on being put to the public vote.

But all hopes are now pinned on his delicious sponge pudding getting to the public vote in tonight's programme - giving him a chance to cook for the Queen.

Galton came joint fourth in last night's Great British Menu on BBC2 with his Norfolk duck dish which judges praised for its simplicity - Matthew Fort giving it nine out of 10.

However, the overall score of 24 out of 30, Galton's best so far, failed to win it a place in the top three - which instead went to Bryn Williams for his Welsh lamb dish, Nick Nairn for his Scottish venison and Atul Kochhar for tandoori chicken.

It means so far Galton has not yet got to the public vote for people to support him in his quest to cook for the Queen's 80th birthday dinner.

Last night's programme focused quite a bit on Galton who, when teased by opponent Marcus Wareing, said: “I feel under pressure.”

He later said to camera: “This is no frills cooking. In hindsight the dishes I have done were perhaps a bit too cheffy but it doesn't come much simpler than my duck.

“I really hope my dish does it, I shall be horrified and shocked if it doesn't come in the best three.”

TV host Jennie Bond said Galton's confidence “had taken a hammering,” and at the end when the scores were read out, judge Matthew Fort consoled him, saying: “It's onwards and upwards - there are still the puddings to go.”

In fact the judges said it had been a really tough decision because the standard of the main courses was so high.

Indeed Galton may well have left his best dish of all until last - his sponge pudding with clotted cream ice cream which the judges loved when they sampled it first time round in the heats.

So, it's all down to tonight's programme which will determine whether Galton stands a chance of cooking for the Queen or not and fingers crossed, he will be picked to be in the judge's three.

Here is what Galton had to say about tonight's dish:

“This is a great British pudding - not a dessert but a pud. Contrary to what you might expect it's as light as a feather, served with proper custard and mouth-watering clotted cream ice cream. Mr Worrall Thompson joked that I must be a republican as this dish would finish off Her Majesty's arteries.

“But all three judges loved it, and it was without question my most successful dish in the series. Prue Leith, who I thought was the most fair and balanced of all the judges, even went so far as to say that she thought it was 'perfect' and 'she could eat it every day of the year.'

“I must admit I think out of all the dishes I prepared this one stands a great chance to get through to the final public vote and indeed would be a perfect way to finish off the meal for the Queen's birthday lunch. I'm sure she'd love a sliver of this, after all if you can't indulge yourself with a few extra calories on your birthday when can you?

“Galton's Guess - stands a great chance of getting through to the public vote and would be a great pudding to be served to the Queen.”

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