PubChef has awarded Harry Kodagoda, head chef at The Fox at Willian, an award for the best Fish & Chips in the country in the Great British Pub Food Awards 2010.
The competition was judged in London and had been narrowed down to three finalists withHarry competing against head chef at The Pickwick Inn, St Izzy, Cornwall and head chef at The Three Fishes, Mitton, Lancashire.
After an initial paper judging by the panel, Harry competed in a nail-biting cook off where he had to prepare his fish & chips and also create a dish from a mystery box of ingredients to impress the panel of top food critics.
The judges were bowled over by Harrys Beer Battered Cod dish and also his mystery box dish of supreme of chicken with a spiced broth.
Harry said, I am over the moon in winning this prestigious award. Fish & chips may be seen as a simple pub meal, but it still requires a high level of care in preparation. Fish & chips is always a very popular dish on our menu and I am especially pleased that my version of serving this old classic dish has been recognised as a winner.
James Nye, Managing Director of the Anglian Country Inns group said, We are immensely proud of Harry in his achievement. He fought off hard competition with 15,000 applicants, for a coveted title. Fish & chips is a national pub favourite and for Harry to be recognised as the best in the country is a huge honour.
The Fox at Willian was also a winner in The Great British Pub Awards September 2009, taking the title for Best Cask Beer Pub in the South East.
Pictured: Harry with his fish & chips Cod loin from local waters coated in a Brancaster Brewery Ale batter served with fresh garden pea puree infused with truffle oil and chunky hand cut chips made from Maris Piper potatoes.