Young’s Scotch Egg Challenge 2018
Eight years ago, when the team at The Ship Wandsworth spotted a tweet that another pub made the best scotch eggs, they knew they had to mount a challenge. And so the Young’s Scotch Egg Challenge was born. Wednesday 21st February saw the biggest competition to date, with 23 entries and over 200 people in attendance at The Canonbury Tavern, Islington. The Ship’s original team – now in various positions elsewhere in the business, were joined by CEO Patrick Dardis who thoroughly enjoyed his pint of Young’s with the eggs!
Compère for the evening was renowned food and drink writer and author of Where Chefs Eat, Joe Warwick, who eggspertly managed proceedings and kept the judges and chefs in check. The chefs all brought their scotch eggs to be blind tasted by our stellar panel of eggspert judges – The Guardian’s Bob Granleese and Felicity Cloake, Restaurant Magazine editor Stefan Chomka and chef and journalist Lisa Marwell.
The hashtag #ScotchEggChallenge went crazy on social channels adding to the buzz. We were so pleased to see how much everyone was enjoying the event and how much interest it generated. There were over 450 tweets over the course of the event and more than 3.5 million impressions on Twitter and 437 posts using #ScotchEggChallenge plus stories and a reach of over 491,000 on Instagram.
Competition was fierce and we were treated to a wide range of imaginative and delicious creations: from a merguez and harissa offering, to a ‘sea-urchin’ egg and even a rather conceptual vegan egg which certainly, uh, divided opinion.