Video: Leeds chefs are on the ball in World Cup cook-off

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CELEBRITY CHEF Aldo Zilli stepped into the kitchen for a World Cup cook-off at a Leeds restaurant.

The Italian chef represented his home country as he took on the executive chef of Morrisons – Neil Nugent – in a food battle in preparation for the upcoming England vs Italy match this weekend.

Aldo Zilli and Neil Nugent at the Flying Pizza in Roundhay.

Aldo Zilli and Neil Nugent at the Flying Pizza in Roundhay.

The cook-off at San Carlo’s Flying Pizza in Roundhay saw the chefs rustle up their own World Cup-themed creations, with diners choosing the winner.

The result was a draw, with a final score of 1-1.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Mr Zilli, who is the celebrity executive chef for the San Carlo Group, which owns the Flying Pizza, said: “It was technically a draw... but clearly I won and let him share the glory!

“We loved it. It was very interesting because we have never really cooked together before in the kitchen.

“He was getting stressed but I was keeping my cool. I’m a cool dude.”

Mr Zilli cooked up a wild sea bass tricolore fettuccine for the competition.

Speaking about his dish, he added: “The inspiration of the Italian flag came to me so I made some pasta and coloured it three different colours – green, white and red.”

Representing England, Mr Nugent cooked a traditional roast beef fillet with treacle cobnuts and English country garden vegetables.

Speaking about his predictions for the England vs. Italy match on Saturday, Mr Zilli added: “I’ve put £200 on a 1-1 draw because that’s what happened at Flying Pizza. So we’ll see!”


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