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Dan goes head-to-head in cookery challenge

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Dan Hipkiss swapped his Tigers stripes for chef whites when he took on Wasps wing Paul Sackey in a pie cook-off.

Celebrity chef Antony Worrall-Thompson set the England internationals the challenge of creating the ultimate Guinness Premiership pie.

After a tasting, including points for pastry consistency, filling seasoning and crust colour Worrall-Thompson voted that Sackey had the Michelin star factor.

“I enjoy my cooking and it was really good to learn from Antony,” said Tigers centre Hipkiss. “He is a great chef and I enjoy his style of food. I haven’t cooked too many pies in my life – despite my appearance – so it was a really good test.”

Worrall-Thompson added: “I love cooking with Guinness so it was an honour to create a pie recipe to promote the Guinness Premiership Responsible Drinking Weekend.

“The boys did a good job with their pies, I was pretty impressed despite a few issues with the pastry. I’m not sure they should be hanging up their boots just yet!”

The cook-off was part of the Guinness Premiership's Responsible Drinking Weekend and aimed to encourage fans to eat between drinks.

This weekend Guinness will be giving fans a free pie at all matches to promote drinking responsibly and their ‘bite to eat’ programme.

Before kick-off supporters will be able to take part in a co-ordination challenge to bring the impact of excessive drinking to life and fans will also be offered a free bottle of water after the game.

The six home clubs will also be provided with responsible drinking bar kits, which include T-shirts for bar staff, as well as tip cards and posters all outlining the Ref’s Bar Rules: namely drink water, eat food, look after your mates and don’t drink and drive.