John Grabecki wins The Great Sausage Roll Off 2018 at the Red Lion, Barnes

Winner: John Grabecki, Head Chef at BNY Mellon
Second place: Charlie Hodson, Executive Chef at Woodfordes and Patron of Porkstock
Third Place: Leigh Evans, Head Chef at The Methuen Arms, Wiltshire

The Great Sausage Roll Off 2018 at the Red Lion, Barnes, the sixth year of the annual competition, proved to be the best yet with a record crowd watching the action. Hosted by award-winning beer and food writer Melissa Cole, 16 top chefs from across the country raised the bar of sausage roll creations in front of a panel of expert judges: Philip Howard [Elystan Street], Oliver Peyton OBE [Peyton and Byrne], Eric Lanlard [Master Patissier and owner of Cake Boy] and Kate Ovens [Presenter and man vs food challenges].

John Grabecki, Head Chef at BNY Mellon, was crowned winner with his sausage roll, called ‘Rits and Robs’, which was a rabbit sausage roll, loin in the middle surrounded boudin noir and minced pork shoulder, mustard, Honey and confit shallot, served with a port and rabbit liver parfait and rabbit belly bacon.

Second place went to Charlie Hodson, Executive Chef at Woodfordes and Patron of Porkstock who cooked up a storm with “The Jess” in honour of Jessica Jane Applegate Olympic Paralypian, MBE.

Leigh Evans, Head Chef at The Methuen Arms, Wiltshire, came in third place with his “Ashton piggy in the middle”. 

As well as the plate for the judges, each competitor supplied samples of their entries, which were auctioned off to the hungry crowd in aid of Shooting Star Chase. Combined with a range of other fantastic auction items, the event raised over £800 for this leading children's hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Read more about the chefs, judges, sausage rolls and Shooting Star Chase on Twitter, using the hashtag #rolloff. For further information on Shooting Star Chase, please visit 


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Notes to Editor:
Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is an independent traditional family brewer founded in 1845 and is based at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London, where brewing has taken place continuously since 1654. The Company runs 180 Tenanted pubs and 198 Managed Pubs and Hotels, with a focus on delicious fresh, home-cooked food, outstanding cask and craft ale, great wine and exceptional service. The Company also has 724 boutique bedrooms in its Managed estate. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 170 locations within the M25. Fuller’s owns a 76% stake in The Stable, a craft cider and gourmet pizza restaurant business, which has 17 sites in England and Wales.
The Fuller’s Beer Company brews a portfolio of premium beers including London Pride, Oliver’s Island, ESB, Organic Honey Dew and Frontier Craft Lager. The Company owns Cornish Orchards, a craft cider maker producing a range of award-winning ciders and premium soft drinks. Fuller’s is also the UK distributor for Sierra Nevada, the premier US craft beer. In December 2015, Fuller’s acquired a 51% stake in Nectar Imports, a wholesale drinks business.