The group, which has run a ‘national pie competition’ for a number of years, has extended the contest to allow entrants to create any main course dish of their choice.
Any member of staff working in Stonegate’s 151-strong Great Traditional Pub division can enter by submitting a detailed specification of a main course dish, including its name, ingredients and cooking methods.
The pub company’s area managers will judge entries from their region on taste, presentation, feasibility, marketability and cost before nominating one dish to go forward to the national ‘cook-off’ on January 30, 2014 at Stonegate’s development kitchen in Birmingham.
The winning dish will be put on the pub group’s menus when they are relaunched next April.
Perry Huntley, head of food development at Stonegate, said: “After several years of pie competitions we feel we’ve exhausted most culinary combinations and so have extended the competition now to include any main dish.
“This allows for huge scope and I’m truly excited to see the innovation and skill of our kitchen teams that I have no doubt will shine through.”