Eighties inspired Sheff's Kitchen win for Lee
The culinary whizzes heading to the semi final of Sheff's Kitchen can be revealed after Silversmiths' Lee Mangles triumphed in the latest heat.
Lee’s menu, inspired by dishes from his childhood and the years 1979-89, won the vote of both diners and judges at the fundraising competition organised by the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.
Richard Storer, chef at the Rutland Arms, was the second competitor and focused his menu on classic French cooking from the 1950s.
Both chefs served flavour-packed dishes - from pea and ham, reimagined piece by piece, to slow cooked beef in red wine - that fitted the brief of ‘a decade through food.’
But it was the innovation and techniques displayed by Lee, particularly with his deconstructed Bakewell Tart dessert, which won the evening.
He said after the triumph: “I have been waiting four months for this - I’m so happy to win.
“The menu I chose was inspired by my first ten years and by Whirlow Hall Farm Trust’s first ten years, as it opened in 1979.
“It was all the things I remembered from my childhood, such as Shepherd’s Pie and Bakewell Tart.”
Lee will now go head to head with Jack Baker, from the Castle Inn at Bradway, and Jon Tite from The Showrom in Sheffield city centre, in the semi final on September 22.
The event at Sheffield College’s Sparks Restaurant will have a Roald Dahl theme, and the winner will go on to the final against last year’s champion, Charlie Curran from Peppercorn in Dore. That will be held on October 21 at Genting Casino and is already sold out.