TAKE one giant cabbage, add 11 chefs and cook up a world record 105 dishes –– all from that single gargantuan brassica, writes Matt Clark.

That’s the challenge facing some of North Yorkshire’s top chefs who, next month, will be looking to book a place in history at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

It will be a one day race-against-the-clock to cook the world-beating target of dishes, all of which must include a portion of cabbage, and not just boiled or braised.

In the run up to the event the chefs are scratching their heads to come up with a monster menu, but yesterday ten of them took time off to inspect their vast vegetable at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

The show already holds the record for the world’s heaviest onion, but director Martin Fish says when he researched previous attempts to cook with giant veg, there were no records for the greatest number of dishes produced from a single specimen.

Hence the record attempt, commencing with the first cut of the colossal cabbage by Rudding Park’s Stephanie Moon and Ripon chef Gilly Robinson, who are hosting the cookery theatre over the weekend.

The pair will create 30 different dishes in 45 minutes, followed by the rest of the team who will produce 15 dishes each throughout the day. The world record recipe bid starts at 11am on Friday, September 13, and all the dishes will be displayed in the Plot to Pot Cookery Theatre by the end of the day.