Chef chooses favourite Colman's dish

Old rivalries were put aside as a Suffolk woman came up with a winning recipe featuring one of Norwich's most famous products.

Old rivalries were put aside as a Suffolk woman came up with a winning recipe featuring one of Norwich's most famous products.

At the end of last year, people were asked to come up with a tasty recipe featuring a Colman's mustard product to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Colman's Mustard Shop & Museum being based in the Royal Arcade.

Norwich Heritage Economic and Heritage Trust (HEART), which took over the shop last year, was inundated with ideas, ranging from main meals to puddings.

After weeks of deliberation, the winning recipe has been announced as Norfolk Black Pudding and Mustard Loaf Cake, submitted by Sandra Stevens from Ipswich.

Her dish, which uses Colman's dry English mustard powder, will now feature on the menu at The Assembly House Restaurant in Norwich.

Ms Stevens, who also won a meal for two at the Theatre Street restaurant and a selection of Colman's Mustard Shop & Museum goodies, said: 'I am thrilled and honoured to have won - knowing the rivalry between Norwich and Ipswich I was almost expecting to be disqualified.

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'I hope to be able to go to Norwich at the end of January to take my meal at The Assembly House and enjoy the dish I created.'

The entries were judged by Richard Hughes, general manager and chef patron of The Assembly House Restaurant, Norwich HEART's chief executive Michael Loveday and Nick Cook, manager of the Mustard Shop.

Ms Stevens' recipe impressed the judges with its inclusion of locally sourced ingredients such as Norfolk dry cured back bacon and Norfolk rape seed oil.

Mr Hughes, also known for running the Lavender House in Brundall, said: 'Sandra's recipe is unusual, I certainly haven't seen anything like it before and I can see it working well both as a hot starter and also served cold as part of a picnic.'

Runner up prizes went to Chris Dady for his Norfolk Heritage Apple Pie and Sheree Lamotte for her Cheese and Potato Pie with Gammon and Mustard Gratin.

Norwich HEART took over the mustard shop last year after it was threatened with closure by previous owners Unilever.

At the time, the Evening News, backed by civic leaders, MPs and heritage watchdogs, launched a campaign to help save the shop.

If you would like to sample the winning dish, it is being featured on The Assembly House Restaurant's menu for a limited period from Monday, January 24.

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