Spain’s Master Chef – Begoña Rodrigo – was the chief judge at a cookery contest I entered with a recipe from our book: Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo.

The contest was run by Las Flores Quality Tapas – a chain of excellent restaurants in Murcia city. The first round was to enter your tapas recipe and then get votes on facebook. I got through to the second round in 3rd place – thanks facebook friends for voting for me!


The final of the contest was a wonderful opportunity to be a chef for the day at La Tapa restaurant in Plaza de Flores, Murcia. On a sunny Saturday morning the eight participants headed into the city to put the finishing touches on their dish. This was my first time in a professional kitchen. I was third to present my dish to the panel of judges which included two of the chefs from Las Flores Quality Tapas restarants, The Murcialist – Joaquin and of course Spain’s Master Chef – Begoña Rodrigo. I was led down from the upstairs kitchen, carrying one of my prepared plates and told to present myself to Begoña and introduce myself and the dish. Then we waited for the results.

I didn’t place in the top three, but I did get to keep my apron and I had a wonderful day and made some great new friends.

Photos from Chef por un Día


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