A SOLIHULL chef is sharpening up his knives as he prepares for battle in a cookery showdown.
Mike Bullard, chef director at The Butchers Social at The Forest Hotel in Dorridge, will be going head to head with Liam Dillon – an award-winning chef from Lichfield who appears on BBC’s Great British Menu.
The pair will prepare and serve three courses anonymously at Liam’s restaurant The Boat Inn in Lichfield on April 13.
Diners will then score the dishes to crown a winner in the ultimate cook-off.
The winner of the evening announced the following day.
Mike said: “Versus dinners like this one are such a fantastic way for guests to enjoy two menus in one sitting, while having a bit of fun at the same time. I have no doubt that it is going to be a fantastic evening.
“Liam really is, in my opinion, one of the ones to watch in the Midlands, and his food never disappoints.
“As a fellow-Midlands chef, it’s been great to see how he’s represented the region on stages like Great British Menu, and shown the rest of the country exactly why our food-scene is one to write home about.
“It’s going to be tough to beat him – but I’ll certainly be giving it a go.”
Mike has cooked up success for himself in Harborne, Henley-in-Arden, and most recently, Dorridge.
Having acquired and re-launched the much-loved characteristic coach house, The Forest Hotel, last year, Mike and his team serve up nationally recognised menus.
Liam said: “I’ve known Mike for some time and we’re great friends, so a bit of competition between us has long been on the cards.
“This is a great opportunity to go head-to-head and serve up some playful rivalry, while also giving our guests the chance to try our finest menus at the same time.”
Tickets for the exclusive six-course menu cost £100 per person, and reservations can be made by visiting The Boat Inn’s website.