A Hammersmith chef wowed the judges and saw off the competition to win this year’s Great Sausage Roll Off.
Philip Harrison, head chef of the Anglesea Arms pub in Wingate Road, recently took the title with his inventive creation of pheasant and black pudding roll.
The Brackenbury Village chef beat 19 other entrants, including local rival Jonathan Pellow of the Blue Boat in Upper Mall, Hammersmith.
The competition has been run by the Red Lion pub in Barnes for four years – and this year it proved third time lucky for Philip.
“I didn’t expect to win,” he said. “Each of the three years I’ve entered I just try to make something fun and special. This is the first time I’ve won but it hopefully won’t be the last. I want to be the first chef in the competition to win twice.”
Philip’s award-winning rolls were made with black pudding puree and pheasant thigh – which is fattier than breast meat – to keep the centre of the rolls nice and juicy. He served it with a crunchy raw turnip salad.
Each chef made 10 rolls, with two given to the judges, who included 2015 Masterchef finalist Emma Spitzer, judge on BBC Two’s Big Allotment Challenge Thane Prince, head chef at Bonhams restaurant Tom Kemble and food critic Kate Spicer.
Ice ice baby
But Philip’s not done with tantalising tastebuds yet as he is launching a new ice cream shop in Goldhawk Road.
Inspired by his wife’s Icelandic roots, Phil is setting up shop selling ice cream in the island’s traditional style, which sees it covered in a wide range of inventive, tasty toppings. “It’s amazing soft-serve stuff and there’s nothing like it here,” he said.
Bears Ice Cream Company will be opening soon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.