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It's a family affair as Leicestershire woman earns her cooking stripes to claim Tiger Hero Recipe title

Leicester amateur chef Tracey Hunt has been crowned Everards Tiger Hero Recipe Master Chef for 2012, after being inspired to take part by the efforts of her husband in the previous competition.

Tracey decided to take part in this year’s competition after watching her husband Paul finish runner-up in the last Tiger Hero Recipe cook-off final event. On that occasion his Tiger Red Beef with Mushrooms and Red Leicester Scones was just pipped to the post by the Tiger Ox Cheeks recipe submitted by winner Neil Morton from Bakewell in Derbyshire.

Tiger Hero Recipe title
The popular Everards Tiger Hero Recipe competition came to its conclusion at the Cradock Arms, Leicester on Monday 16 July with Enderby based Tracey Hunt proving top of the hobs with her Fillet of Beef with Tiger Beef Sauce creation. Watched by husband  and the rest of her family, Tracey's Tiger Best Bitter based treat proved a taste sensation with the judging panel of BBC Radio Leicester presenter Ben Jackson,  Dave Harrison - Operations Director, Tenanted at Everards and Editor of Great Food magazine, Matthew Wright.

Tracey's triumph secured the county cooking honours for Leicestershire, with fellow Leicestershire chef Sue Robinson, a management consultant from Desford, claiming the runners-up prize ahead of Nottinghamshire Police Officer Craig Carleton. Their respective  Fillet of Beef with Tiger Beef Sauce,Tiger Tea Loaf and Rib-Eye of the Tiger dishes will now go into a special commemorative Tiger Hero Recipe book – along with the other best seven entries in the competition – which will be available later in the year.

Tracey, 48, who works for Next, said: “It feels great to have won the competition. I was a bit nervous beforehand when preparing my dish in the kitchen but my nerves were eased a bit as I got on so well with the other contestants.

“We all got on and had a good time preparing the dishes. It's the first ever cooking competition I have taken part in and I was just so delighted to have won. I must thank Everards, all the judges and the other contestants for making it such a great competition.”

Leicestershire independent brewer Everards launched their Tiger Hero Recipe competition back in February with a culinary clarion call to all budding Gordon Ramseys and Delia Smiths across the region. Entrants were asked to come up with their most exotic and creative use of Tiger Best Bitter - the hottest idea being rewarded with a £250 high street gift card and a month's supply of Everards Tiger.

Tracey Hunt has been crowned Everards Tiger Hero Recipe Master Chef for 2012
Erika Hardy, Everards Head of Marketing, said: “This year's Tiger Hero Recipe competition has been a great success, with our budding chefs again showing a real appetite for culinary creativity with Tiger Best Bitter.

“Once again we have a worthy winner in Tracey Hunt, whose dish tantalised the taste buds of our judges.  We are delighted to have received so many entries again for the Tiger Hero Recipe competition from across so many regions.

It's great to see the Tiger Hero Recipe event retain its popularity. We look forward to more creative cooking from our budding chefs in the future.”  

As well as the top prize, there was £50 high street gift cards and a month's supply of Tiger Best Bitter for the two runners up. For more details of the recipes submitted go to www.everards.co.uk/herorecipe

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