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Eight competition finalists confirmed for KNCOTY
David Kennedy, chef proprietor of Black Door Restaurant in Newcastle, cooked up a storm at the fifth and final regional semi-final of the KNORR National Chef of the Year 2008, securing him a place in the grand final of the competition.
The three highest scorers Steve Allen, head chef at The Ritz Hotel, London and Clark Crawley, sous chef at Barclays Wealth, London will also be competing in the final.They will not take part in a live cook-off at the final being held on 7 October at the Restaurant Show in London along with the other finalists Simon Hulstone, chef proprietor of The Elephant Restaurant in Torquay; Ian Boden, head chef at Limes Restaurant, Derby; Andreas Wingert, senior sous chef at Lucknam Park Hotel in Colerne, Wiltshire and Brian Canale, head chef at Heritage Portfolio, Edinburgh.The eight finalists will have to create a four-course meal from a selection of ingredients provided in a mystery basket over a four-hour period.The winner will receive a cheque for £10,000 along with a trip to Italy courtesy of equipment sponsors, Electrolux, and a study trip to the Champagne region of France with Pommery.Past winners of the competition, run by the Craft Guild of Chefs and sponsored by KNORR, include Steve Love, Mark Sargeant and Gordon Ramsay.