TWENTY of the best chefs in Andalucia are to go head-to-head in a 2000 euro goat recipe challenge.

The finalists of the annual competition will fight it out at the Hotel Escuela Convento Santo Domingo, in Archidona, on October 1.

Each of the chefs, who come from some of Andalucia’s top restaurants, has their own unique recipe to cook suckling goat – chivo lechal – with raisins.

The cooks include Diego Gallegas Olivo, from Casa Piolas in Algarrinejo, Mercedes Mendez, of Kabilas in Benarraba and Mauricio Giovanni, from Messina, in Marbella.

The competition has been held annually since 2004 to promote local ingredients, in particular suckling goat, which is one of the specialities of Malaga cuisine.

The competition was open to anyone who enjoyed cooking and not just professionals.

Judges, looking for both traditional and innovative dishes, have chosen 20 recipes to be prepared by
the contestants.

The prizes of 2000, 1000 and 500 euros will be presented to the creator of the winning dish at a ceremony at the livestock fair in Villanueva de Tapia on October 10.