Are you a master of cookery?

WIGAN may be famous for its pies but a new culinary contest is set to put the borough’s budding chefs to a much sterner test.

A new event gives participants the opportunity to pit their cooking skills against friends or work colleagues.

Master Cook is a fun food experience aimed at wannabe local chefs, who will not only get the chance to show off their cookery skills but also take on a few tips from Wigan-born top chef Daniel Winstanley.

Participants, who may take part to celebrate a birthday party, business event, or just for fun, face a number rounds that will see them cooking with a range of mystery ingredients, putting their taste buds to the test by identifying ingredients while blindfolded and recreating a dish following a cooking demonstration.

Contestants must work against the clock to impress the expert chef. Master Cook founder Jon Pearson said: “Master Cook provides the opportunity for budding chefs to see if they can stand the heat of a professional kitchen and discover if they do have culinary flair, by having their dishes judged by a professional cook.”

Daniel Winstanley is an experienced chef and hospitality lecturer.

Having qualified as a chef at Wigan and Leigh College back in 2000, Daniel went on to work at events such as Chelsea Flower Show and Royal Ascot.

Master Cook allows people to cook individually or in teams.

Rounds can be adapted to suit cooking aptitude, dietary requirements or to fit a particular theme.

Bookings are being taken for groups of six or more, with prices from £80 per person.

Go online at www.master-cook.co.uk for more information about the event.