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Ready Steady Cook

The Chamber of Commerce, Hospitality & Leisure Sector organised a Ready Steady Cook event at the Tara Suite, The Solstice, following on from the success they had when running this event for the first time last year.

Two local chefs took up the challenge to cook a meal from their mystery bag of ingredients in just 20 minutes.

The theme of the evening was - East Meets West. Geoff Hayward was the chef for the West, he's a freelance and demonstration chef who writes for Peterborough Live! magazine as 'Geoff the Chef'. Representing the East was, Sumit Wongsa, Head Chef at The Brewery Tap. Sumit worked in Saudi Arabia, Japan and Jersey before returning to his native Thailand to become Head Chef at the renowned Asia Hotel in Bangkok. He also worked in the London Thai restaurant scene before joining The Brewery Tap in 1998.

The chefs were assisted by two members of the audience, Ann Dean from Office Angels and Sarah Griffith from Blue Arrow Personnel Services. In addition to the mystery ingredients - East included bean curd, dried shrimp and rice sticks, West, potatoes, apple, asparagus and camembert - they were able to use items from the larder and eggs were favourite for Sumit's pattay noodles in omelette and Geoff's desert.

As the audience counted down the final seconds, Sumit arranged his omelette and sculptured fruit dessert and Geoff his asparagus with crab cakes and pavlova style dessert. The verdict after counting East and West cards, the audience voted Geoff Hayward for West the winner by a narrow margin.

The proceeds of the evening's raffle, over 100, will go to the winners chosen charity. Geoff nominated the NSPCC, saying: "It was a close run thing and Sumit and I really enjoyed it."

The audience rounded off the evening with East and West buffets. Thai dished provided by The Brewery Tap and a Western menu provided by The Soltice. Equipment and accessories for the evening were supplied by GPS Catering and Euro Catering.




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