Teesside's '‘Parmo Hunters’ will be judging the next World Parmo Competition when it returns to Stockton’s Summer Show on Sunday 24 August.
Parmo Hunters, Craig Dobson and Stephen Bliss, have a mission to find the best parmo in the country and travel far and wide reviewing the much-loved delicacy - writing up their experiences on their popular Facebook page at www.facebook.com/parmohunters
Now, as part of the World Parmo Competition, the ‘Parmo Hunters’ are asking residents to vote on-line for their favourite parmo, in readiness for a final ‘cook-off’ at the Stockton Summer Show which will take place on Sunday 24 August and Monday 25 August.
The World Parmo Competition will be broken down into two categories - ‘best takeaway’ and ‘best restaurant’. The three most popular nominees from each category will be invited to the finals and will battle it out in a cook-off on Sunday 24 August from 1.30pm.
The winners of the cook-off will scoop the coveted trophies and be titled ‘World Parmo Champions 2014’.
Members of the public with a fondness for the chicken and cheese dish can nominate their favourite takeaway or restaurant at www.facebook.com/parmohunters.
Variations are also welcome - with pork dishes being accepted as well as the spicy version of the parmo, the ‘hot shot’.
Voting will be open until midnight Friday 15 August. All nominations received will be entered into a prize draw with the winners treated to a parmo meal for two.
Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “The parmo is a dish that enjoys a world-wide reputation - we want to celebrate the very best of this famous Teesside delicacy.
“Make sure you vote for your favourite restaurant or takeaway at www.facebook.com/parmohunters and ensure the very best chefs are nominated to battle it out to win the much-coveted ‘World Parmo Champion’ prize for 2014’”.
Craig Dobson, Parmo-Hunter, said: “The humble parmo has a committed and dedicated following - its fans expect a tasty and good quality dish - with just that little bit of Teesside magic.
“It’s over to you - vote now for your favourite parmo restaurant or takeaway and let battle commence.”
The parmo is said to have been created by Nicos Harris, a chef with the American army in World War II. He was wounded in France, but was brought to the United Kingdom to be treated in a British hospital, eventually settling in Middlesbrough.
A parmo traditionally involves either a chicken or pork fillet which is tenderised, cooked in breadcrumbs and topped with a béchamel sauce and cheese.
Any eaterie which has not received an information pack and is interested in entering the competition should e-mail [email protected] or telephone (01642) 526733.
Entry to the Stockton Summer Show costs £5 for adults and £2.50 for under 16s & concessions £2.50, family ticket (2 adults and 2 under 16s) £12, with free entry for under 5s and wheelchair users. Visitors to show must pay on the day at entrance.
Stockton Summer Show gates open at 11am on Sunday and Monday. Parking is free at Preston Park Museum and Park and throughout the two days with an overflow car parking available at Batleys Cash & Carry on Concorde Way, if on-site parking is full.
For more information about the competition and Summer Show visit www.stockton.gov.uk/summershow