Chefs wanted to show their skills

Ranju and Anjali Gupta competing in last year's Masterchef competition
Ranju and Anjali Gupta competing in last year's Masterchef competition

MASTERCHEFS have the chance to show they have a recipe for success in a competition.

Hartlepool Borough Council has joined forces with Hartlepool College of Further Education to stage the Hartlepool Masterchef 2011 competition.

The contest is open to both individuals and groups and people are now being urged to get their entries in as soon as possible.

Groups must comprise of two or three people and one must be an adult.

Irene Cross, the council’s neighbourhood development officer in the centre of the town, said: “This is the third time that we have staged the competition and it has always proved really popular.

“The ultimate aim is to bring people of all ages together and encourage them to work together and help each other, forming relationships that they will then be able to take back out into their respective communities.

“However, I must stress that competition places are limited and these will be allocated on a first come-first served basis. So if people wish to take part, they should get their entry form in as soon as possible.”

The competition will be held at Hartlepool College of Further Education and it is proposed to stage three heats on October 24, 25 and 26.

The first, second and third-placed competitors in each heat will go through to the grand final on October 28, with the competition offering a first prize of £100, a second prize of £75 and £50 for third.

In the heats, competitors will be expected to cook a single-course balanced and healthy meal, while those winning through to the final will be required to add either a starter or dessert to create a two-course meal.

They will have two hours to prepare and cook their dishes and all ingredients, up to a maximum cost of £10, will be provided.

Entries should be received no later than noon on Friday, October 7, and entry packs can be obtained by telephoning Irene Cross on (01429) 855560 or emailing: