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Fiona from Bromley makes it to the final of Big Broth Competition

PUBLISHED: 12:38 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:38 25 April 2018

Fiona Brandhorst from Bromley was shortlisted as a finalist at the Big Broth Competition on April 17. Picture: Sam Churchill

Fiona Brandhorst from Bromley was shortlisted as a finalist at the Big Broth Competition on April 17. Picture: Sam Churchill

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Keen cook Fiona Brandhorst was shortlisted as a finalist at the Big Broth Competition last week, competing against others to create the tastiest home-made soup recipe.

Fiona won a place in the final with her Veggie Blast soup. Picture: Sam ChurchillFiona won a place in the final with her Veggie Blast soup. Picture: Sam Churchill

Fiona, of Bromley, won a place in the final with her Veggie Blast soup.

She said: “I absolutely loved it, even the pressure!

“I was nervous but it was a great experience and it really is wonderful that through cooking funds can be raised for Centrepoint.

“My soup recipe is an old favourite I created some years ago which I put a new twist on for the competition via roasting the fennel.”

Fiona won a place in the final with her Veggie Blast soup. Picture: Sam ChurchillFiona won a place in the final with her Veggie Blast soup. Picture: Sam Churchill

Hundreds of people entered the competition, which was hosted by Centrepoint, the UK’s leading homelessness charity, and the five finalists took part in a pressured one-hour cook-off event at the Waitrose Cookery School in London, hosted by Radio Two DJ and presenter Sara Cox.

The winner was chosen by a panel of judges chaired by food critic William Sitwell, and included award-winning food writer and broadcaster Tom Parker Bowles, radio presenter and journalist Vanessa Feltz, top Italian chef Aldo Zilli and founder of the Wahaca group of Mexican restaurants Thomasina Miers.

The winner of the cook-off was a red pepper and chorizo soup.

The new fundraising campaign gave the winner the chance to have their recipe produced by Yorkshire Provender and 
sold in Waitrose shops later this year.

Then 20p from each pot sold will be donated to Centrepoint.

Richard Utting, event director from the charity, said: “There has always been a link between homelessness and soup, so we wanted to build on that to make a positive association with soup and give the entire nation a chance to get involved.”

The charity is hoping to sell more than 200,000 pots of the winning soup, helping to give vulnerable young people a safe place to stay, tackle health problems and find work.

Celebrity chef Aldo said: “We were looking for a soup made with quality ingredients.

“I look for tasty and interesting flavour combinations.

“Youth homelessness is an important cause to get behind and the winner’s recipe will genuinely help save lives.”

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