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Yorkshire Pudding test for Countryfile presenters

Yorkshire’s most famous delicacy has been put to the test at an East Yorkshire restaurant for the BBC’s Countryfile programme.

The experiments at The Star @ Sancton were conducted to discover whether the traditional methods of making Yorkshire puddings are still the best.

The popular show pitted science against tradition for the televised cook-off.

Chef and owner of The Star @ Sancton Ben Cox, hosted the contest after he won the Great Yorkshire Pudding Challenge last year.

Countryfile presenters Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison came to the restaurant to taste test the Yorkshire puddings.

Jonathan Edwards, of the Royal College of Chemistry, took a scientific approach for his Yorkshire pudding, while farmer’s wife Mary Rook used an old family recipe.

Mr Cox said: “When Countryfile heard about me winning the Great Yorkshire Pudding Challenge, they invited me to take part in their programme.

“It was great fun to have presenters Matt and Ellie and their crew filming here and to be involved in the experiment.

“Unfortunately, people will have to wait to discover whether or not science triumphed over tradition until the programme is screened at the weekend.”

He finished Yorkshires were judged by food writer Amanda Wragg from food and drink website Squidbeak.

Mrs Rook said: “We regularly visit Ben’s restaurant and he invited me to take part in the show. I enjoy cooking because I have a family to feed and pride myself in my Yorkshire puddings, which everybody seems to enjoy. My mother is a fantastic cook so I use her traditional recipe, which has been used by the family for as long as I can remember. I can say that my traditional Yorkshire puds worked out well, but so did the others,” she said.


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