Manchester chef crowned Fire Cook of the Year

Manchester chef crowned Fire Cook of the Year

A team led by the head chef at Manchester’s QuarterHouse Beer & BBQ proved its expertise at open fire cooking to claim the main prize at the recent Game of Tongs competition, which was held in Devon over two days. Jason Latham, joined by Jon Davies and John King-Wilson, served up a Game of Thrones-themed jerk chicken dish that wowed both visually and, more importantly, in taste.

Chefs and amateurs from across the UK competed in an eight-round knockout format, cooking up their choice of meats, fish, vegetables and desserts. Dishes including conger eel, watermelon taco, lamb barbacoa, cheesecake and a whole pig, all of which were cooked over pits, drums, barrels and even a ‘wall of fire’. The final was the closest that could have been expected, with a tie for first place requiring the head judges to step in choose the winner.

Latham said: “The love and banter from this competition has definitely made me smile, it’s truly amazing. There were some fantastic teams and we were so happy to win. We have put The Throne in the restaurant so people can come have their picture taken with it.”
The event, the first of its kind in the UK, was held in response to the rise in popularity of fire cooking in the UK in recent years.