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Typically Teesside Response to Parmo Judging Call

By Published October 25, 2019

TEESSIDERS were asked to throw their hats in the ring to be a judge at the World Parmo Championships 2019 - and they didn't disappointed.

The responses received were hilarious, sometimes overtly earnest and sincere and others just plain off the wall wacky.

Since the judging position was opened up to the public last week Middlesbrough Council has received around 100 nominations for the job.

While many simply put their name forward, others have put justifications for themselves being the rightful heir to a parmo throne on Monday, October 28 at the Middlesbrough Town Hall event.

Among the responses were:

  • A man who claims his great, great grandad "John Parmo" invented the dish "after the war".
  • An English teacher who says she is "pickier than Goldilocks and her porridge when it comes to getting the bech just right."
  • A Cleveland Police bobby known as "PC Parmo".
  • Someone who has built up their own takeaway menu filing system over 30 years.
  • One who will "put my body on the line" but would require a large pair of tracky bottoms in his contract.
  • A student that eats parmos for "breakfast, dinner or lunch" and knows the secret of the "perfect cheesy masterpiece".
  • A Teesside woman who refused to allow her employers at Flamingo Land to put the parmo on their menu unless she could develop the recipe.

Cllr Mieka Smiles, Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said: "We have a great panel of judges but I thought it only fair to open the esteemed position to the parmo connoisseurs of Teesside.

"I'm sure it's only on Teesside that you would get such brilliant responses that are either really funny or really heartfelt.

"This event will be a fun celebration of a quirky part of our Middlesbrough heritage and it's fantastic to see people getting in the spirit already."

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston launched the World Parmo Championships 2019 last month saying the parmo was a "phenomenon" which "should be seized as a local cultural asset in the way the Bakewell Tart or the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie have".

Since voting opened last month more than 8,000 votes have been cast for the 30 restaurants taking part.

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