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Monday, 5 March 2012

Top chefs go head to head

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This year’s Milford on Sea Food Week features the appearance of top chefs from across the New Forest.  The BIG Cook Off will bring some counties best culinary talents together, as the chefs’ battle in a fun competition to see who can cook and present the best courses.

Chefs will be appearing from Chewton Glen, Lime Wood, The Jetty and recently opened The Pig in Brockenhurst.  Each has a reputation for fine food and a passionate about using the finest local ingredients.

Milford on Sea will be represented by top village chefs from La Perle, The Marine, Westover Hall and Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant (‘Hampshire Restaurant of the Year’ and ‘Hampshire Chef of the Year’)

The two BIG Cook Off shows will be compered by renowned New Forest chef, Alex Aitken.  Each show will feature two chefs from ‘The Big Boys’ and ‘The Village Boys’, and each of the four chefs will cook an individual course in the professional demonstration kitchen.  As the cooking takes place, Alex will casually chat with the chefs and explains the process and dishes, whilst Alan Holmes, Chef Sommelier from Chewton Glen, will also be on hand to explain the best wines to go with each course.

A lucky member of audience will be selected to eat each course, alongside wines selected by Alan, before a fun vote by the audience decides the winning team.

The BIG Cook Off has two separate shows, one on the afternoon of Wednesday 11th April, with another show featuring different chefs on Thursday afternoon on the 12th April.  Tickets are now on sale for each of The BIG Cook Off shows in Gwen’s in Milford on Sea, High Street, or from the Milford on Sea Food Week online ticket office.  Click here to buy tickets now.

Milford on Sea is fast become a ‘Foodie Destination’ and now boasts around 20 different places to eat in the village.  Locals and visitors alike can enjoy anything from the delightful tearooms to the top quality dining restaurants.  In recognition of this ‘Foodie Heaven by the Sea!’, Milford on Sea Food Week is now in its third year and celebrates all that is great about local food.

Milford on Sea Food Week has all corners of the community taking part, and the event has over 100 varied activities for everyone to get involved and have fun.  The event will also create long-term sustainability for the village centre shops and its restaurants, for the benefit of local residents and visitors alike.

From Easter Bank Holiday Monday, Milford on Sea Food Week will run for an entire seven days.  Everyone at every age is welcome, to come and enjoy the Themed Dining Evenings, Professional Cookery Theatre, Celebrity Shows, Cooking Demonstrations, Educational Talks, Film Shows, Cookery Competitions, Wine Tastings, Dining Offers, Kid's Events & a large Sunday Food Market on the final day.  All events are organised by local organisations, clubs, businesses and individuals. 

The complete list of events can be viewed on the website and Free Programmes detailing all of the events will be in the village shops from the end of March.  Plus of course, you can buy tickets on online now from the Ticket Office below.

Milford on Sea Food Week Ticket Office:

To find out more please visit:

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