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With entries ranging from wacky Watercress Cappuccino with Nutmeg Foam and Beef Carpaccio with Watercress Crisps to the more classic Watercress and Stilton Frittata and Watercress, Chicken and Goat’s Cheese Risotto, the judges had a tough job deciding who should win the chance to perform their recipe live in front of the crowds at The Watercress Festival plus receive a tasty £2000.

Three finalists battled it out at the Cook Off finals and after much deliberation (and plenty of tasting!) Lydia England was revealed as the winner of the Great British Watercress Cook Off for her Watercress and Goat’s Cheese Tart with Walnut Pastry. Click here to try out her winning recipe.


The other finalists included Wendy Green who made Watercress, Ginger and Chilli Tortellini and Annie-Mae Tomlins who cooked a Watercress and Haddock Roulade.

Why not check out some of the entries if you fancy getting creative in the kitchen with watercress and watch this space as the Great British Watercress Cook Off might be back in 2014.