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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbrian chef's bid to make world's largest Scotch egg

It's one egg of a challenge – but Cumbrian chef Jon Fell believes he has what it takes.

The intrepid – or nutty – chef is currently perfecting the recipe for what he hopes will become the world’s largest Scotch egg.

Jon, who works at Sella Park Hotel, in Calderbridge, has officially registered with the Guinness Book of World Records to have a crack at the title.

He told the News & Star: “I am a judge in a competition entitled the Egg Awards 2014 – we support local egg producers, and encourage people not to buy supermarket eggs but to turn to their local producers.

“We have asked people to send in their recipes for anything with egg in it... and then we decided to see what we could do.”

Jon admits that while the initial idea may have come after “a couple of glasses of wine”, it took seed.

“We contacted the Guinness Book of Records, and the record already stands,” he continued. “It was 6.3kg.

“We were given a list of guidelines we need to adhere to, which state it must have a hard-boiled egg, must involve sausage meat, needs to be coated in bread crumbs and cooked the traditional way – deep-fried and then finished in the oven.”

After much experimenting, Jon and his team believe they have come up with the perfect recipe.

“We use an ostrich egg, which weighs about 1.5kg,” he explained. “And we use about 10kg of sausage meat, covered in about 1.5kg of breadcrumbs – equivalent to five loaves of bread.

“It seems to work, although we have to be careful about the weight on the egg.”

However, while it all works well in practice, Jon will be officially put to the test on October 18.

He will be filmed by Scottish television completing his task in Edinburgh, under the watchful eye of an official record monitor, with each stage carefully documented.

“It does have to be edible too,” Jon added. “So we can’t add just anything to weight it down.”

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