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Smoking GoatThe winning scotch egg from Ali Borer of Smoking Goat

The annual Young's Scotch Egg Challenge is always one of the highlights of the London food calendar, and last night's do at the Canonbury Tavern in Islington was no exception. Hordes of fans of the humble pub snack thronged the pub hoping to try some of the 20 final entries.

Perhaps the hardest (but most envied) job of the night was down to the panel of judges. They were chaired by TV's Simon Rimmer and were Sunday Times food editor Lisa Markwell, editor of Restaurant Magazine Stefan Chomka, and beer expert and author Melissa Cole. Bob Granleese, food editor of The Guardian, took the role of adjudicator, while the event was compered, as it always has been, by the creative director of the World Restaurant Awards, Joe Warwick.

In the end though, winning eggs had to be chosen and this year they were as follows:  

Best Scotch Egg - Ali Borer from Smoking Goat - Pork and Offal Labb Scotch Egg (second year in a row for them)

Second place: Robbie Maclean, The Montagu Arms – Home-made local pork, soft-boiled egg ‘from their garden’

Third place: James Ramsden, Pidgin – Classic picnic egg, served cold

Highest performing new entry - Mark Taft from Seafood Pub Company - spiced quail and lamb scotch egg with onion bhaji crust and pickled red onion

Most liked on social media - Calum Franklin from Holborn Dining Room - see below for why...

seafoodscotchThe highest new entry - Mark Taft from Seafood Pub Company - spiced quail and lamb scotch egg with onion bhaji crust and pickled red onion

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