Become king or queen of Pud!

Philip Berkeley, winner of the 2014 competition
Philip Berkeley, winner of the 2014 competition

Fancy being a world champion? Well, get your chef’s hat on, and you could be!

Sunday, April 19, sees Mytholmroyd Community Centre host the World Dock Pudding Championships, and entry forms are now available from the centre.

If you’d rather just spectate, there will be plenty to do while the chefs get cracking - part of this year’s event is a food and drink festival, for which you can also book a stall if you have some goodies of your own to sell.

With a car boot sale completing the occasion, you could be busy all day.

Dock pudding is a delicacy nurtured in the Calder Valley - the dock leaves used in the dish are not the common or “cow dock” but a sweet variety called Polygonum Bistorta.

Each cook or chef has their own take on the recipe, but usually the leaves are picked alongt with nettles then boiled up with onion, oatmeal and seasoning.

The mixture is brought to the competition by 1.30pm in a container ready to be fried in bacon fat and served to the judges with other breakfast ingredients.

The judges try each recipe secretly, taking flavour, texture and presentation into account.

The tasters have no idea whose pudding they are trying.

The winner of the championship - last year Philip Berkeley carried off the trophy - received a £30 prize but, perhaps more prestigiously! - the Halifax Courier Cup for one year.

There are also prizes for second and third. Be quick, as the competition is limited to 20 contestants.

As far as your main ingredient goes, traditionally the dock plant grows in profusion in springtime around canal and river banks.

With the car boot sale (7.30am onwards, £10 pay on the day, first come, first served basis) running from early and the food and drink festival from noon (doors open from 9am to set up, £20 for business stalls, £15 for charity stalls), you could easily make a day of it.

The community centre bar is also open from noon.

For entry forms, stall booking forms or more information, contact Julie Wilby on 01422 883023 or write to the centre at Mytholomroyd Community and Leisure Centre, Elphaborough, Mytholmroyd, HX7 5DY.

In the meantime, get your frying pans out and get practising, if you plan on taking part!