Italian tomato brand, Mutti has announced Hannah Such from Kilburn, London, as the winner of its nationwide cooking competition.
Inspired by the company's Mutti Pomodorino d'oro award which is presented to the farmer who supplies the best quality produce each year, the competitors were asked to create a three-course tomato-based menu using the Mutti Essentials range with menus judged on the use of tomato along with originality, presentation, menu appeal and taste.
Such impressed the judges including chefs Ben Tish, Paul Foster, Gabriella Margiotta and head chef at Mutti, Italy, Carlo Casoni, with her tomato-based three-course menu which included aubergine Parmigiana rolls,‘nduja and marscapone spaghetti and fig, pistachio and tomato tartlets.
Alongside the title and trophy, Such wins the star prize of a trip to the food valley in Parma, Italy, the home of Mutti.
Commenting on her win, Such explained: "I'm incredibly proud to win. It's a big confidence boost, proving to myself that I am a good cook. I believe the quality of the ingredients is what makes the best dishes, hence why I use Mutti. I am so excited about the trip to the food valley in Parma. I can't wait to explore the home of Mutti and spend time with Mutti head chef Carlo – it's going to be an incredible experience."
Casoni added: "As we expected the standard in the final was extremely high. Each of our contestants should be extremely proud with how they performed throughout the day, they really did put their heart and soul into it."
Such's winning three-course tomato-based menu included:
- Starter: Aubergine Parmigiana rolls with basil oil – using Mutti polpa
- Main: ‘Nduja and marscapone spaghetti – using Mutti passata
- Dessert: Fig, pistachio and tomato tartlets – using Mutti double concentrated puree