Recently we asked the great British public to fire up the oven, strap on their aprons and get cooking using Tiger Best Bitter as an ingredient for a chance to win £250 and a Year's Supply of Tiger. Thank you to everyone who took part in this year's competition. It was by no means an easy process for our judges to come to a unanimous decision. However, we're very pleased to announce that Tracey Hunt from Enderby was chosen as our Tiger Hero Recipe Master Chef 2012.
Find out more about Tracey and her winning recipe, or why not try recreating some of the culinary recipes yourself? Simply scroll down to see some of the great recipes from this year's competition, and watch the video filmed at this year's cook-off event at The Cradock Arms in Knighton, Leicester.
The winning recipe is...
Fillet of Beef with Tiger Beef sauce
Tracey Hunt, Enderby
We spoke to the winner, Tracey Hunt, about her winning recipe...
Tracey Hunt, from Enderby, Leicestershire works as a stock assistant.
What inspired you to enter the Tiger Recipe competition?
It all stemmed from last year when my husband, Paul, entered the competition and finished Runner-Up. His Tiger Red Beef with Mushrooms and Red Leicester Scones was just pipped to the post by the Tiger Cheeks recipe submitted by winner Neil Morton from Bakewell in Derbyshire. I really enjoyed watching him take part and decided to enter my dish in this year’s competition.
Do you enjoy cooking at home/ during your leisure time?
We both really enjoy cooking and the challenge of coming up with a recipe using beer was too good to refuse.
I had already tried out my recipe at a dinner party for ten we hosted at our house and I am glad to say I got ten out ten approval for the dish, so that was a good start.
The entire experience was great and I really enjoyed creating a recipe using beer, an ingredient I don't normally use in food.
What is your secret behind your Tiger Recipe?
The secret of this recipe is using the Tiger Best Bitter in equal measures and regularly tasting the sauce during the cooking stages. It's equally important that the fillet steaks are left to marinade for a sufficiently long time to ensure that you bring the full flavour of the Tiger Best Bitter in the meat.
The Finalists' Cook Off
As part of the competition, the would-be chefs behind the three most voted-for recipes would have to pitch themselves against one another and go to battle at a cook-off event held at Everards pub The Cradock Arms in Knighton, Leicester. It was an intense day for our three finalists who all got first hand experience of life in a pub kitchen, as well as recreating their recipe for our judging panel in order to claim the grand prize.