The air turned Gordon Bleu when two of Sheffield’s award-winning chefs went head to head in a charity cook off.
A Gordon Ramsay look-a-like arrived to turn up the heat in the kitchen as Lee Mangles, head chef at Silversmiths Restaurant and Simon Ayres, head chef at the Showroom, crossed knives to compete for the votes of 170 diners in a Hell’s Kitchen-style event organised by local charity Whirlow Hall Farm Trust. To promote Whirlow’s ethos of having no waste and using the whole animal, both chefs had been given the same ingredients from Whirlow – mutton, half a pig and seasonal vegetables.
The chefs, assisted by their sous chef and five hospitality students from Sheffield Hallam University, had to be creative in their thinking in order to stretch their ingredients to feed near on 100 people each – and Simon’s brigade were crowned victorious. The event raised £4,500.