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Kate cooks up a storm at contest

Kate Holderness Coconut Prawns

Kate Holderness Coconut Prawns

An actress has reinvented a classic seaside dish to win a national cookery competition.

Kate Holderness, from Fulwood, Preston, was crowned champion of a “signature dish” contest in London - a search for inspirational recipes that celebrate Britain’s diverse culinary scene.

The 30-year-old made her take on traditional fish and chips to scoop the top prize of the London Designer Outlet competition.

Culinary whizz Kate wowed the judging panel with her experimental spin on the dish - turning the classic into a Caribbean-inspired creation of coconut shrimp with plantain chips.

And the former Archbishop Temple High School student said she was thrilled to win the prestigious contest.

Kate said: “I’m delighted to have been crowned the winner of London Designer Outlet’s ‘signature dish’.

“I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, so it’s amazing to have won a prize for doing something I enjoy so much.

“My dish was inspired by the flavours of the Notting Hill Carnival – an event I’m looking forward to attending later in the summer, as part of my first year as a London resident.”

Kate said she started cooking after she left home.

She said: “I love to experiment in the kitchen.

“I tend to just make up my own recipes and hope for the best!

“I started cooking late on in life when I moved away from my mum about 10 years ago. She’s the best cook I know.”

The competition attracted an array of entries, and culminated in a finale event at London Designer Outlet last Saturday.

With a £500 prize up for grabs, each dish was judged by the eagle eye of Metro and London Magazine restaurant critic, Joe Warwick, and owner of popular Brazilian restaurant chain Cabana, Jamie Barber, which hosted the final judging event at its London Designer Outlet branch.

Kate faced stiff competition from Carol Harris from Farington, whose “Tail of London” dish - an international take on pie and mash - was a close runner-up.

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