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King Cod ready to pass on his crown

Flash in the pans: champion fishcake makers Dale Butler and Rodney Smith with their delicious offerings (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

After 25 years, the self-proclaimed kings of fishcakes will step down to make way for a new king or queen.

Dale Butler and Rodney Smith have won the National Fishcake Competition title since its inception in 1992.

Mr Butler, who created the competition a quarter of a century ago, said: “I started a small little fishcake competition and really didn’t think much of it until Mr Smith heard about it some years later.

“What we decided this year, on the 25th anniversary, was to step out of it and to organise the whole thing, which will allow someone else to step forward and either be crowned the king or the queen.”

Mr Smith, who has won the title 14 times and is reigning champion, said: “We are convinced that there are a number of very good chefs in Bermuda.

“Unknown individuals who just make delicious food and we want to challenge them to come, participate and be a part of the competition.

“We look forward to giving the honour to other Bermudians.”

The event is set to take place on March 22 at the Leopards Club from 6pm to 9pm.

There is a youth category, for people aged 16 and under, with $15 entrance fee, and an adult amateur and professional category, with $25 entrance fee. All entrants get a supper.

Entries will be judged by panel of five and must be submitted by 7pm for judging.

There will be more than just bragging rights up for grabs for this year’s champion.

Mr Smith said: “This year the winner will have the opportunity to make their fishcakes at La Trattoria and to serve them at a Four Ways Inn brunch as well.”

The event will also honour two Bermudians who “perpetuate Bermuda heritage”.

Mr Butler said: “We’re pleased Eugene O’Connor will be honoured; he’s kite master of Bermuda.

“We’re also honouring a prolific historian who has perpetuated Bermudian heritage in the North Village area, written plays, produced books, and is in charge of the Bermuda Heritage Museum in St George’s. Her name is Joy Wilson-Tucker.”

Admission is free, vendors will be present selling goods and there will be a performance by The Brothers in Music from CedarBridge Academy.

For more information, contact Dale Butler at 595-9841 or daledbutler@gmail.com