Trevor Alexander, head chef at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, is taking on his cricket ground rivals in the Waitrose Cricket Cook Off – a unique competition across the 10 international venues in the UK this summer.
Chefs from around the grounds have created inspirational summer recipes to accompany the cricket.
Whilst the England team go into battle on the pitch this summer, including this week’s Test match at Trent Bridge, there will be another Englishman hoping to claim victory away from the on field action.
Waitrose, the England Cricket Team Sponsor, which has a shop in Nottingham’s Trinity Square, invited chefs from each of the grounds to the Waitrose Cookery School in London to pit their best culinary skills against each other in creating inspirational recipes for the perfect summer of cricket and food.
The chefs – from Lord’s, The Kia Oval, The Ageas Bowl, Emirates Old Trafford, Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, Bristol County Ground, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, Headingley and the SWALEC Stadium – prepared their dishes under the watchful eye of Dhruv Baker, 2010 Masterchef winner, Gordon McDermott, executive chef at the Waitrose Cookery School, and former England cricketer & ECB Selector, Angus Fraser.
All the chefs were challenged to come up with the perfect summer recipe, with Trevor serving up a dish of pork & Stilton burgers.
Waitrose is now calling on cricket and food fans across the country to vote for their winner so that an overall victor of the Waitrose Cricket Cook Off can be announced following a packed schedule of international cricket this summer.
Fans can view the chefs in action and select their winning dish on the Waitrose Cricket website – http://bit.ly/CricketCookOff.
People registering a vote in the competition via the Waitrose website will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a signed cricket bat from the England squad.
There is also the opportunity to try out the recipes at home by picking up specially-produced recipe cards in local Waitrose branches, online on waitrose.com or at the Waitrose activation hub in ground at international matches this summer.
Dhruv Baker, 2010 Masterchef winner and head judge, said: “I was astounded by the quality of dishes served up by the 10 chefs taking part in the Waitrose Cricket Cook Off.
“There is no doubt that these chefs serve up some of the finest food in cricket, and anyone lucky enough to be at one of the grounds this summer and taste them will enjoy some inspirational recipes and cooking of the highest standard. I look forward to seeing which of the dishes is deemed to be the winner by the public.”
Rupert Ellwood, head of marketing at Waitrose, said: “The Waitrose Cricket Cook Off is just one of the ways we are celebrating the great link that exists between cricket and food.
“The quality of recipes on offer at the 10 grounds hosting international cricket this summer is exceptional and we would encourage people to get involved in voting for their winner as well as enjoying the great recipes at home.”
A full list of the chefs that Trevor is up against and their recipes is:
Emirates Durham ICG
Pan-fried sirloin steaks with thyme roasted vegetables
Zesty mackerel fillets with raspberry & rocket salad
Pork & Stilton Burgers
Emirates Old Trafford
Bury black pudding & Lancashire cheese croquettes
Watercress & buttermilk Vichyssoise with crab on toast
Thai-style tiger prawns with rice noodles
South Indian chicken, bean & coconut stew
Tomato & goat’s cheese tarts with spring salad
Panzanella salad with grilled goat’s cheese
Bristol County Ground
Damian Awford Nash
Poached Scottish salmon with lemon crème fraiche