Talented game cooks sought for this year’s CLA Game Chef of the Year competition in association with The Field

game chef of the year

The CLA Game Fair and The Field magazine has once again launched its search for game cooks to enter its hugely popular Game Chef of the Year competition. This year’s competition is divided into two categories: amateur cooks, and professional chefs.

The semi-finals and final will be held at the 2015 event at Harewood House in Yorkshire, which is being held from Friday 31 July until Sunday 2 August. The competition is designed to find two unrecognised chefs who relish cooking with game meats and embrace the Great British Countryside through their food.

Four finalists will be chosen from entries to cook in front of a live audience in the CLA Game Fair Cookery Theatre. The competition will be judged by the editor of The Field Jonathan Young and Mike Robinson, the UK’s leading game chef and owner of the Pot Kiln in Berkshire and the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms in London.

The competition is open to chefs aged 18 years or over who are not affiliated with more than one eating establishment and are ‘unrecognised’ by the judging panel. Entrants must send in a photo, a short amateur film (no more than 2 mins) of themselves cooking, a credentials summary and a unique recipe.

Tony Wall, Director of the CLA Game Fair, commented: “We are delighted welcome back this initiative. Last year’s winner, Norfolk-based Guy Paterson, will be a hard act to follow – his pigeon breast dish is still being spoken about!”

Editor of The Field, Jonathan Young, added: “Game has never been so popular. It’s easy to cook well, extremely good value and low in cholesterol. And since we’re lucky enough in Britain to have an abundance we want as many people as possible to make it part of their normal diet.”

To enter, email your video by Friday 27 March to For more details of how to enter visit

About cwildman

Local Food Evangelist, 5th Generation Butcher based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. Town End Farm Shop, Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie, Home of The Yorkshire Chorizo.
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