Step up for cheesecake challenge

Mick Fox - The Knife Man - Ultra Sharp
Mick Fox - The Knife Man - Ultra Sharp

SOME of the city’s top chefs will be putting their reputations on the line next month as they battle it out for supremacy in the cheesecake stakes.

The Charity Cheesecake Challenge, which aims to raise funds for Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital, is the idea of knife sharpener Mick Fox – a dab hand at baking himself.

“One of my customers was bragging about her cheesecakes and I told her I could do better,” says Mick.

“We decided to do it for charity and I roped in all the other chefs.”

Since he sharpens the knives for most of Sheffield’s key restaurants, that proved to be an illustrious list of nearly 30 names.

They include Michelin-starred Rup-ert Rowley of Fischer’s and Nathan Smith of the Old Vicarage, along with Christian Kent, the Pudding Ladies and representatives of Nonnas, the Maynard, Mosborough Hall, the Copthorne, Crucible Corner and Piccolinos.

Now Mick is appealing for the city’s enthusiastic home cooks to come forward and join in the fun – with a trophy and prizes for amateurs and one for professionals.

“There’s a £10 entrance fee and the only other rule is that it has to contain cheese!” he says.

“We’re hoping to raise about £2,000 for Weston Park.”

Contestants can choose to make a baked or a fresh cheesecake, sweet or savoury. They must produce a nine-inch or ten-inch cheesecake for sale and a four-inch version for judging.

The challenge, including a networking event, is set to take place at the Copthorne Hotel, Bramall Lane, on Friday, May 20.