In this section

Former Food Academy student John Grabecki wins Great Sausage Roll Off 2018!

Former Food Academy student John Grabecki has been named champion of the Great Sausage Roll Off contest, held at the Red Lion pub in Barnes, for the second year running!

The annual competition, which raises funds for children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase, saw 16 chefs compete to create the best sausage roll.

John was declared winner by the  judges with a roll named ‘Ritz and Robs’, consisting of a rabbit sausage roll with loin in the middle, surrounded by boudin noir and minced pork shoulder, with mustard, honey and confit shallot, served with a port and rabbit parfait and rabbit belly bacon. 

The judging panel was made up of Oliver Peyton, co-founder of Peyton and Byrne, Phil Howard, chef patron of Elystan Street, Chelsea, Eric Lanlard owner of Cake Boy, Battersea, and Kate Ovens, presenter for Lad Bible.



John, who is now head chef at BNY Mellon, a financial services company, said: “I feel amazing about winning for the second time.”

Angus McKean, who co-manages the Red Lion along with Claire Morgan, said: “John’s plate of food was outstanding. The standard throughout the whole competition was – there wasn’t a single dish that was bad. The support has been amazing and for the calibre of judges to be here means a lot. The roll off is a chef competition and I’d like to keep it that way.”

If you have a passion for cookery and would like to follow in John’s footsteps, check out our courses here.