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
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
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.