Beauty Laura hopes to be the Miss who’s the biggest hit in the kitchen

BEAUTIES will be battling it out in the kitchen to be crowned Miss Alnwick Food Festival this weekend.

Miss Northumberland, 21-year-old Laura Hickey, will be going head-to-head with Miss Sunderland, Philippa Attle, in a cook-off on Sunday.

Armed with sparkle and spatulas they will be fighting for the foody title in the Northumberland Hall.

Laura will be accompanied by Blackmore’s of Alnwick head chef Juan Iniesta, while Phillipa, known as Pip, will be working with Sean Wilson, who played Martin Platt in Coronation Street.

As an ambassador for the county, Laura will also be officially opening the food festival on Saturday morning, and will be arriving in a car provided by Alnwick Wedding Cars.

Laura is the first Miss Northumberland, having won the competition held in June. She won the first heat of the competition at the Metrocentre and went on to take the sash and crown at the Linden Hall Hotel final, fighting off competition from 22 others.

Philippa Attle fought off stiff competition from 29 other girls and impressed the judges when she was crowned Miss Sunderland 2011 back in May. Just a few short months after winning the title, she has participated in charity work for some very worthwhile causes, including Grace House Children’s Hospice Appeal. She has worked on a number of modelling assignments from being the new face of the Bridges, the face of Olivers Dental Studio and Collinsons the Jewellers.

She is delighted to be invited to be part of the Alnwick Food Festival and is relishing the challenge of another competition with Miss Northumberland.

And the event will be compered by Simon Robertson, managing director of One Voice Productions & Glamrus Model Agency.

Sean Wilson will be returning to Alnwick Food Festival for the third year in a row.

The actor, who played Martin Platt in ITV’s Coronation Street, has also recently appeared in adverts for Daz washing powder.

But he now owns his own company – the Saddleworth Cheese Company – and will be selling his wares during the weekend.

Last year, Sean designed a new cheese – Rumpy Pumpy – using Alnwick Rum specifically for the festival.

The cook-offs are a new attraction to this year’s event and will add a little bit of extra spice to the three-day festival.

They will take place in the Northumberland Hall throughout the day on Sunday.

First up at 11am will be Morgan Whitelegg from the Barn at Beal against Iain Inkster of the Fishing Boat Inn at Boulmer.

Then at noon, Chris Greaves, owner of the Coquetvale Hotel in Rothbury, will go up against his head chef Noel Escobal.

At 1pm, it is the battle of the beauties and then at 2pm, Stan Timmins will cook it out with Rudy Imhoof of It’s in the Bag.

The cook-offs are free to watch but will fill up fast.