The age-old method of fire cooking is celebrated at this year’s Fire Cook of the Year competition. The two-day event at Martha’s Down, near Salisbury on May 2 and 3 promises spectacular cooking on a live fire, entertainment, live music and camping near Britain’s iconic Stonehenge.

Aiming to bring passionate fire cooking to all, Fire Cook of the Year is an interactive knockout competition which challenges entrants to cook on fire only, no gas or electric, just creative cooking. During the two days, contestants take part in a ‘poker style’ format where they choose their best dish and have eight rounds to knockout and progress to the grand finale.

Foodie fire fans can upgrade their day ticket to a VIP judges ticket and score themselves the all-important task of tasting the contestants dishes. VIPs can attend the exclusive Friday feast with contestants before the wider public arrives on Saturday morning.

This year’s event has entrants from restaurants and individuals, in the UK and internationally, including Genevieve Taylor, author of Charred, Quarter House chef James Latham and Simon Dyer from ITVs BBQ Champ.  The conclusion of the event, Sunday’s grand finale, is hosted by TVs Andy Clarke.

A weekend ticket includes entry to the whole event, including competition areas, and costs £50. A VIP judge’s ticket gives the chance to taste entries and cast a vote on dishes, and costs £100. Camping for Saturday night is an additional £15 each and for those looking for a little more comfort, glamping costs £250 for a group of four sharing a fully kitted out Tipi.

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GOT Events was set up by John Gower and Nic Townsend, seasoned operators in BBQ, catering and events. Fuelled by their own passion for fire cooking, Fire Cook of the Year enables the UK and beyond to experience the skill and joy of real fire cooking. Now in its second year, Fire Cook of the Year raises money for two key charities close to the organisers’ hearts. Chefs in School, which works with schools for better food education and provision, and Pilot Light, which focuses on mental health.