Budleigh woman’s soufflé rises to top in national contest

PUBLISHED: 06:30 01 May 2017

Ally Thackray wins national cooking award

Ally Thackray wins national cooking award


A Budleigh Salterton woman has risen to a culinary challenge and beaten 400 other entrants to have her leek recipe chosen as the winner of a national competition.

Alison Thackray, known locally as Ally, won the competition, run by the British Leek Growers Association, in partnership with parenting website Mumsnet, after submitting her cheese and leek soufflé recipe.

Mrs Thackray, of Raleigh Road, won £250 in John Lewis vouchers and her recipe will be published online.

Ally, who works at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Fore Street, said: “I could not believe it when I found out I had won the competition. I was just so pleased and it was a wonderful prize.

“It wasn’t an old family recipe or anything; just one I thought would work and had a good combination of cheese and leeks.

“I love cooking with British leeks and you will usually find some in our kitchen as they are such a useful ingredient.”

There were more than 400 entrants for the competition, who were asked to submit their favourite leek recipe, along with a picture of the dish.

Head judge Robert Murison said: “We were really pleased with the response to our Mumsnet competition and it is great to see how many people love to cook with British leeks.

“The winning recipe was a classic combination, which results in a dish that would be perfect for a family meal or to serve at a dinner party, highlighting just how adaptable leeks are.”

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