Sudbury food and drink festival to feature new record for fastest time to fillet a salmon

Lst year's Taste of Sudbury food and drink festival in full swing inside St Peter's Church..

Lst year's Taste of Sudbury food and drink festival in full swing inside St Peter's Church.. - Credit: Archant

A chef and an “entertaining cook” will go head to head at an annual Sudbury food festival to set a new world record for the fastest time to fillet a salmon.

It is hoped the competition between Nick Barrett, owner and chef at Scutchers in Long Melford, and Mark David, who runs The Cooking Experience cooking school in Hadleigh, will be a highlight of the Taste of Sudbury on Sunday, June 14.

The food festival, which is run by the Sudbury Town Team and is now in its third year, is expected to feature more than 60 local producers and restaurants, with plenty of opportunity to taste some of their produce.

There will also be live cookery demonstrations throughout the day, including the salmon challenge, and a Ready, Steady Cook-style competition.

Jane Hatton, of the Sudbury Town Team, said Guinness World Records had accepted the application to set a new record for the fastest time to fillet a salmon.

Mr Barrett, who owns Scutchers with his wife Diane, said: “It will all be over within about 30 seconds, hopefully without cutting my finger.”

As a safety precaution, Mr Barrett, who has been in the catering industry for 38 years, said they should each be wearing a chainmail glove.

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Mr Barrett added: “We did it because it’s the third year of Taste of Sudbury and we wanted to have something a bit different from the normal cooking demonstrations and we thought it would inject a bit of fun.”

As well as the salmon challenge, people will also be able to watch them prepare the salmon for eating.

Mr David, who runs The Cooking Experience with his wife Annie, said Taste of Sudbury is a bit like a miniature food show and is “really good fun”.

“It’s an important one because Sudbury has had bad press over the years and it’s such a great place,” he said.

Lesley Dolphin of BBC Radio Suffolk will open the festival on the main stage on Market Hill. The event is also taking place in St Peter’s Church and this year there will also be demonstrations inside the church.

The event is free to attend and there is a free park and ride from the Delphi Car Park on the day.

For more information including the programme of events, exhibitors and sponsors visit

Booker Wholesale and Holmes & Hills Solicitors in Sudbury are the main sponsors, though a number of organisations are also supporting the event.

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