This May, restaurant group Salt Yard Group will be bringing back its highly anticipated Croquetas Challenge.

After the competition’s heralded return in 2022, this year’s challenge promises to be bigger and better than ever, celebrating six years of unearthing the best croquetas in the capital. For 2023, there will be two individual heats taking place in May ahead of the final on Tuesday 6th June where the winner will be crowned. 

Some of the most innovative and exciting chefs and restaurant across London have an opportunity to show off their skills by coming up with their own unique take on the famed Spanish snack.

The winner of the Croquetas Challenge will win a £200 prize for their chosen charity and will also have their recipe immortalised on the Salt Yard menu for two weeks. All croquetas entered will be judged by a panel of respected palates from the industry and beyond with the public tucking in and putting them to the test too.

Since its launch, the annual competition has seen chefs deliver a wide range of delicious croquetas including champions of 2022, SHUK; with their Tel Aviv spiced beef brisket croquetas with pimenton mayo and pickled red onions.

Restaurants already signed up to be part of the Croquetas Challenge this year include Bar Kroketa, Bibo at Mondrian Shoreditch, Cin Cin Fitzrovia, Ember Yard, The London Shell Co, The Tamil Prince, Salt Yard, Salt Yard Borough, Signature Brew and Vori – all promising exciting recipes

As the competition date draws nearer, the list of restaurants will be expanded before Londoners and judges cast their votes to decide which will be crowned best croquetas in the capital. 

Dates & locations:

Heat 1 – Tuesday 16th May 6pm at Salt Yard

Heat 2 – Tuesday 23rd May 6pm at Ember Yard

Final – Tuesday 6th June 6pm at Salt Yard Borough

Tickets are priced at £35 per person and include two drinks and a croqueta from each restaurant and can be purchased here and here. Tickets for the final will be on sale from 24th May 2023.