Could You be Master Spud 2011?

By Potato Council, PRNE
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Just Five Weeks Left to Win the Chance to Star on TV

LONDON, February 16, 2011 - Budding chefs have just six weeks left to win the chance to
star on TV with celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli.

The Master Spud Competition - a nationwide search for
Britain's best potato recipes - will close on the 20th March, with five
shortlisters winning the chance to star in a feature length TV advert with
celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli.

To enter the competition keen cooks should upload their
favourite potato recipe to a special website, The website has been set up to allow
people to share their own potato creations and as such already contains a
wealth of recipes for anyone looking for quick, easy and healthy meal ideas

After the competition closes, lucky finalists will have the
chance to cook their potato dish in front of a live audience at one of five
roadshows across the UK before going to the public vote. Five overall winners
will then have the once in a lifetime opportunity to star alongside Jean
Christophe Novelli
in a three minute TV ad, aired next June.

Jean Christophe comments: "There will be people in this
country with their own potato based recipes to rival any that come out of a
professional kitchen and I for one would love to taste them. Potatoes are
such a versatile ingredient - they're always on my restaurant menus. Food
trends come and go but potatoes are an important part of British life. They
are the perfect base for any healthy and delicious meal and are extremely
quick and easy to cook.

"This competition offers budding chefs all over the UK the
chance to not only show off their cooking skills to the nation but also
hopefully inspire even more people to cook with potatoes."

Potatoes cooked with minimal fat and salt are a healthy choice
as well as a good source of vitamin C. Many potato dishes also take under 20
minutes to cook and prepare - perfect for busy working mums or professionals.

To find out more about Master Spud, upload your recipe and
learn more about potatoes and recipes visit

    Potato Facts and Figures

    - There are around 80 varieties of potato grown commercially
      in the UK

    - The first food ever grown in space was a potato in 1995

    - 6 million tonnes of potatoes are grown in Great Britain
      every year

To see what our fans are up to search for Many Faces of Potatoes
on Facebook ( and
Twitter ( or visit Jean's page here .

Notes to Editors

The Many Faces of Potatoes campaign is a European programme for the
generic promotion of fresh potatoes across Great Britain, France and Belgium
which has received EU co-financing with the following organisations:

    - AHDB, Potato Council division, for United Kingdom (Great
    - CNIPT for France
    - VLAM for Flanders (Belgium)
    - APAQ-W for Wallonia (Belgium)

Master Spud is a national competition fronted by Jean Christophe Novelli.
Five lucky finalists will appear in an extended TV ad, to be broadcast later
this year in which one chef will be crowned Master Spud Champion. Consumers
can enter the competition at; an
interactive website dedicated to sharing quick, healthy and tasty recipes and
information on potatoes.

Potato Council, supporting the British potato industry, is funded by
potato growers and potato trade buyers and is a division of the Agriculture
and Horticulture Development Board (

For further press info, please contact: Tom Henry or Gareth Streeter at
Clarion Communications: /, +44(0)20-7343-3117 / +44(0)20-7343-3222

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