A CHEF is cooking up a tasty treat to try to woo judges in the final of a national competition.

Paul Morgan, pictured above, chef-patron of the Hampshire Arms in Crondall, is one of just six chefs in the country taking part in finals of the British Meats Chef of the Year competition.

He takes part in what is sure to be a nail-biting cook-off at Milton Keynes today.

But if Paul is not victorious in this competition, he has a number of other chances to grab glory.

The top chef has also battled his way to the finals of the Catering Pub of the Year, a competition he won last year.

“We stand an extremely good chance of winning the competition again this year,” said Paul.

The winner will be announced during an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on March 29.

The village watering hole is also in the running for the Greene King Pub of the Year, which will be announced in April, as well as the Morning Advertiser Pub of the Year, which will be announced later this month.

Paul celebrated an early Christmas present when he went to the Hilton in London in November.

That was when he received the runner-up trophy in the prestigious Joint Restaurant /Pub of the Year competition sponsored by The Publican.

“The Publican is the biggest industry newspaper so it was impressive to get the runner-up spot,” said Paul.