Parmo chefs should don their aprons and get ready for a challenge as the World Parmo Competition makes a welcome return to Stockton Borough in August.
Stockton Council will host the competition as part of its Summer Show and Food Festival which is taking part at Preston Park on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August.
Members of the public with a fondness for the chicken and cheese delicacy can nominate their favourite chef or restaurant by emailing [email protected] with their nominations. Voting will be open until 20 August.
All nominations sent in to Stockton Council will be entered into a prize draw with the winners scooping a parmo meal for two at Borge’s Restaurant, Stockton.
The three nominees with the most votes will go forward to the finals and will battle it out in a cook-off at the Summer Show and Food Festival on Sunday 26 August from 1.30pm.
The contest will be judged by Councillor Lynne Apedaile, Mayor of Stockton, Eugene McCoy, judge from the BBC’s Masterchef programme and proprietor of the Cleveland Tontine and BBC Tees radio presenter Alistair Brownlee. Jeff the Chef, who created and commercially launched chilled chicken parmos in supermarkets, will be on hand to help with the judging and do a cookery demonstration.
The winner of the cook-off will scoop the coveted trophy and be titled World Parmo Champion 2012.
Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "When the World Parmo Competition took place in 2007 and 2008 hundreds of votes flooded in from across the globe – as far as Japan. Parmos are still a definite favourite among Teessiders so if you have a favourite restaurant or parmo chef make sure you vote."
A parmo traditionally involves either a chicken or pork fillet which is tenderised, cooked in breadcrumbs and topped with a cheese sauce.
Voting slips are also available from participating restaurants. Any restaurant interested in entering should email [email protected]
For more information about the competition visit www.stockton.gov.uk/parmo