Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2018

2018 winners
The 25th Craft Guild of Chef Awards took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 4th June 2018, recognising key figures in the UK chef industry.

It was a celebration to remember with over 800 professionals and a selection of industry luminaries in attendance. Recognising both emerging and well established talent from across the industry, the hotly contested awards are the highlight of the Craft Guild of Chefs calendar.

For more information and details on the categories and criteria click here.

To mark the Awards extraordinary 25th anniversary, the Craft Guild named chef Alain Ducasse our highly prestigious inaugural 2018 International Chef of the Year.

Standing out for being a major influence on both global and UK cuisine, the panel of industry experts and award sponsor, Pure South, unanimously decided him the worthy winner.

He joined fellow winners as announced on the evening:

  • Apprentice Chef Award - John Howarth, CH&Co
  • Armed Services Chef Award - WO1 Chris Marsden, 167 Catering Support Regiment
  • Banqueting & Event Chef Award - Allan Blackmore, Levy Restaurants
  • Chef Lecturer Award - Anthony Wright, University College Birmingham
  • Competition Chef Award - Cpl Liam Grime, Royal Air Force, Combined Services Culinary Arts Team
  • Contract Catering Chef Award -David Ward, Sodexo
  • Development Chef Award - Chris Dickinson, Pan'Artisan Ltd
  • Pastry Chef Award - Simon Jenkins, SNJ – Patissiere
  • People's Choice Award - Stephen Frost, Sodexo
  • Pub Restaurant Chef Award - Robert Allcock, The Longs Arms
  • Public Sector Chef Award - Lisa Normanton, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  • Restaurant Chef Award- Hrishikesh Desai, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
  • World Cuisine Chef Award - Weng Han Wong, Min Jiang Restaurant
  • Young Chef Award - Faye De Souza, Restaurant Associates

Voted for by guests on the night, the Craft Guild of Chefs 2018 Innovation Award went Doug McMaster for his 100% zero-waste restaurant, Silo, in Brighton.

Other stand-out awards (that didn't require nominations either) included New Restaurant of the Year, which Clare Smyth graciously recieved for her latest venture Core by Clare Smyth, and the 2018 Special Award.

Reserved for an incredibly special person, the Craft Guild of Chefs crowned Angela Hartnett our Special Award winner this year, for her continual outstanding contribution to the industry.

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