Ah the South West. As a sturdy human growing up in Devon, I can tell you bey, things are itchin' tough out there. They don’t call it the wild west for nothing. Ignore the fact that came from the US. It’s equally true in the UK.
‘It’s the day of reckoning’ mutters the stern voiceover lady. ‘My menu is better than Josh’s’ says Taunton’s very own Dom, breezily. Dom’s had a cracking week, pulling slightly ahead of Brizzle boy Josh until dessert. Josh’s pud got a blistering 10 points from Emily Watkins.
With this in mind, Dom must be feeling pretty good about pulling ahead of his rival. ‘I love looking at Josh. I love it when he’s behind me as well’.
Dom begins with 'In England’s Green and Pleasant Land', which despite the forgotten soup during the first round, scored a solid 8 points from Emily.
Dom is keeping it cool this time round, all sturdy and chilled with his dizzying multiple-element prep. But oh no, he's forgotten his scotch eggs! Peril! It's fine though, this lovely picnic presentation is all gravy, baby.
It looks delightful – a crisp, gorgeous scotch egg, little pork belly salad (which Emily said was unnecessary, but really, when is pork belly ever unnecessary?). It's a huge first course, muttered Matthew ‘I can’t fault any of this’ said Prue. Oliver commends that the dish sturdily ‘holds the roots of WI but is fine dining’. Fabulous, well done Dom!
Now it’s time for 'Mack Victoria sandwich' from Josh, which won 7 points from Emily, losing out for not being befitting of the WI and being ‘too big'! I’m always well up for a mackerel burger, personally. Oliver hit the nail on the head when he said ‘I think it’s weird on an occasion like this to rock up with a mackerel burger’. You feel like on some courses in GBM the chefs aren’t going for it. I get this feeling here.