The annual event, held at Young's pub The Canonbury in Islington, sees chefs from pubs and restaurants across the UK compete for the coveted title.

 

This year it will take place on Wednesday April 10 and will be hosted by Oisín Rogers, landlord of The Guinea Grill, and who founded the competition.

Previous winners have been from some of the finest gastropubs and eateries across the country, including The Drapers Arms, Holborn Dining Room, and Smoking Goat, whose southern Thai-spiced Tamworth pork with fermented crab, chilli & kaffir lime Scotch egg was crowned 2018's winner.

Oisín set up the competition as an opportunity for chefs and their teams from pubs and restaurants all around the country to come together in a spirit of camaraderie and collaboration.

Last year, entrants came from as far as York, Manchester and Northumberland to compete for the crown, with more than 200 people packing into The Canonbury to taste the eggs on platters that were passed around the pub.

The Scotch Egg Challenge is free to attend, subject to capacity, and entries are now open for interested chefs, and venues can express an interest by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The winner will be decided by an expert panel of judges including beer expert and author of The Beer Kitchen, Melissa Cole, The Guardian's Bob Granleese, the food editor of The Sunday Times, Lisa Markwell, and editor of Restaurant Magazine, Stefan Chomka.

The judges blind-taste every egg, scoring each out of 10 for taste, appearance and presentation, with the highest-scoring egg being victorious. In 2018, just half a point separated the first- and second-place Scotch eggs.