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This Is Definitively The Most Delicious Scotch Egg In All Of The UK

Eggsellent.

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There are heats, and each contestant must submit an application describing their Scotch egg and its provenance.

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Then the applications are whittled down, and the finalists invited to come and cook for the judges (and the crowd) in The Ship's kitchen.

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As you can see, the judges have their eyes firmly on the prize.

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The eggs are marked out of 40.

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Taste out of 20 points, texture out of 10, and appearance out of 10.

First up is Oxfordshire pub The Red Lion's black pudding Scotch egg.

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"We entered last year, but didn't get through", chef Andrew Hill tells BuzzFeed. "We developed our Scotch egg over eight or nine years – we make our own black pudding."

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And now it's just a case of frying and finishing them off in The Ship's kitchen.

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And new formats are explored, such as with this smokey BBQ pulled-pork Scotch egg by The George Hotel (also Dorset).

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And this quail's egg wrapped in pork, leek, and beer crumbs by Jessica Mason (Brighton) is a delight.

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The pub grows busier. By 9.30pm, the crowd swells to almost 700.

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There's a very friendly atmosphere – hands grab eggs across plates, dishes of fries are ordered for tables of new friends, and there's loud talk of childhood picnics.

And although egg ennui does start to set in, the competition goes on.

I never want to see a scotch egg again. Seriously.

Matthew Tucker@Matt_Tucker

I never want to see a scotch egg again. Seriously.

9:31 PM - 16 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I seek advice from fellow diners.

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"You must pace yourself!", Gavin from Hot Dinners says. "Never have seconds!" A more direct response comes via a text from a friend who attended the competition last year: "Just have some self-control."

Eggs are being ferried from far afield.

I hear @ChristianButle2 is picking up duck eggs for @jtmarchant77 #ScotchEggChallenge from http://t.co/DChS204lB6 +driving back from Dorset!

Tracey Howes@TraceyMayHowes

I hear @ChristianButle2 is picking up duck eggs for @jtmarchant77 #ScotchEggChallenge from http://t.co/DChS204lB6 +driving back from Dorset!

7:23 PM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Ivan Stein, chef at The Gannet (Glasgow), tells BuzzFeed: "We've made a 400-mile journey with a tray of eggs."

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Judging by his team's black pudding and pork duck Scotch egg (pictured), it was worth it.

The Scottish wild boar, chorizo, and tarragon Cotswold Legbar Scotch egg, from the Princess Victoria (London), is a tour de force.

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And what a worthy winner it is.

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Phwoar.

And here's the full list of eggsellent competitors:

The Red Lion, Oxfordshire; The Cornwall Project at The Adam & Eve, London;

The George Inn, Dorset; The George Hotel, Dorset; Whyte & Brown, London;Princess Victoria, London; The Canbury Arms, Surrey; Scotchtails, London;The Duck Inn, Norfolk; Draper's Arms, London; Jessica Mason, Brighton; The Gannet Bar & Restaurant, Glasgow; The Victoria, East Sheen, The Swan, Devon; The Dairy, London; Northbank restaurant, London;The Aumbry, Manchester; Boma Restaurant, London.