Forget Bake Off - Norfolk chef wins Sausage Roll Off

Photo taken at the Norwich Great British Bake Off at the Maids Head Hotel. Norfolk Food & Drink cham

Photo taken at the Norwich Great British Bake Off at the Maids Head Hotel. Norfolk Food & Drink champion, Charlie Hodson, with a team from City College Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The sausage roll may appear to many to be a simple buffet filler but, for one Norfolk chef, he's become king of the finger food.

Charlie Hodson, founder of Charlie's Norfolk Food Heroes and a food and drink champion for the county, put his culinary skills to the test last night at the fifth annual Sausage Roll Off competition in London - and won.

The event took place at the Red Lion in Barnes and saw 20 chefs in a cook-off, taking it in turns to create, roll and bake their own masterpieces for up to four hours before being judged.

Mr Hodson baked his own creation - the 'Nelson' sausage roll - which was made from local Norfolk produce.

He said: 'I didn't expect to win but victorious is the word - I'm really pleased.'

The event helped to raise money for charity Shooting Star Chase - a leading children's hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

The 'Nelson' sausage roll ingredients

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Puff pastry made with Letheringsett Mill flour, the only watermill still grinding flour in East Anglia.

Butter from Norton's Dairy.

Pork sausage meat: Pigs reared by Tim Allen (fourth generation farmer), slaughtered by Blake's of Costessey (Norfolk's last remaining slaughter house and third generation family), butchered by Jamie Archer of Archer's Butchers (third generation farmer).

Real blood blackpudding from Fruit Pig Black Pudding.

Norfolk saffron grown and harvested by Dr Sally Francis and family in north Norfolk.

Wildknight vodka from Beachemwell, based on Mongolian sipping vodka.

Maldon sea salt (this is the only product that is not from Norfolk as no one has managed to find away to bring salt harvesting to Norfolk's shores just yet).

And the secret recipe is 'Charlie's Food Heroes' original smokey and sticky barbecue sauce.

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