Just days until we crown our new National Chef of the Year champion

Just days until we crown our new National Chef of the Year champion
03/10/2014 12:10
Written by Admin

With less than a week until the Restaurant Show and that exciting moment when we announce our new National Chef of the Year (NCOTY) winner, event organiser, David Mulcahy, takes over the blog to give some insight into the competition and what will happen on the big day.

Before that all important announcement takes place, eight talented but nervous chefs will enter the competition theatre to create a three course meal for four people in just two hours. At our mentor day, just a few weeks ago, we revealed our mystery basket, which had a real focus on seasonality, sustainability and quality British produce. Just to give you a little flavour, our meat choices were:

• Beef Rump
• Chicken Breast
• Chorizo (cooked)
• Lardo
• Pork Cheeks
• Streaky Bacon
• Veal Sweetbreads
• Whole Grouse (plucked)

All eight finalists have submitted intriguing menus and completed their ingredients order, in an effort to take the most coveted crown in UK culinary competition.

Who do they have to impress?
The level of interest in the competition grows year on year and 2014 is no exception. We have an amazing list of judges who are freely giving up their time to help find our deserving winner. I personally want to thank them all for supporting the competition, as it really shows the quality and prestige that NCOTY holds.

Here are our judges:
• Clare Smyth
• Philip Howard
• Brett Graham
• Tom Kerridge
• Monica Galetti
• Bruce Poole
• Marcus Wareing
• Jason Atherton
• Hideko Kawa
• Julie Walsh

Thank you to our sponsors
We have a fantastic range of sponsors who make this event so much more special by their support and commitment. All of them are seen as our “partners” and over the years we have built up a fantastic relationship; without them there would simply be no NCOTY competition.

Our main sponsors for NCOTY are Knorr and Lockhart Catering Equipment with fantastic support from Evolve, CCS, Cacao Barry, Churchill, RARE, Nespresso, New Covent Garden Market and our mystery basket sponsor, Debono Foodservice. Our event hosts are Le Cordon Bleu, Sheffield City College and the Restaurant Show.

Young National Chef of the Year (YNCOTY) is organised in partnership with Knorr and supported by Lockhart Catering Equipment, Churchill and Alaska Seafood.

A reminder of our finalists
This competition attracts some of the best chefs the UK has to offer and this year is absolutely no exception. The 2014 NCOTY finalists are a diverse group of chefs who are all completely focused on the prize, which is to be named as the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year 2014. Joining this hall of fame is one of the most hotly anticipated prizes in the industry.

Good luck to Andrew Gotting, Diane Camp, Adam Handling, Russell Bateman, Daniel Morgan, Simon Webb, Lahiru Jayasekara and Nick Edgar. You have all achieved so much already but one of you is this year’s winner!

Our current champion
Hayden Groves will be our “current champion” for just a matter of days and I’d like to thank him for everything he has done over the last year. He has been an amazing ambassador during his reign and will continue to work with both the Craft Guild of Chefs and myself on NCOTY over the coming years. Having chefs like Hayden involved, has helped to inspire this year’s finalists.

Support our young chefs
Our Young National Chef of the Year finalists are a very talented group and have so much to offer. They are a true case study for not only the youth of our industry but young people in general; they are all people who work hard to achieve their goals. It’s been really inspiring to see them growing and developing as chefs throughout this process.

Time to celebrate
Once we have crowned our champions next week we will be heading to one of the true culinary institutions in London, Quo Vadis, for a fantastic VIP event hosted by chef Jeremy Lee. We know this evening will be full of celebration and reflection as well as a fitting finale to another great year for the competition.

Get involved online
If you are not able to make the Restaurant Show please support the event and follow the action on Twitter. The whole event will be live tweeted from @Craft_Guild and using the hashtag #NCOTY. Please send in your messages of support for these chefs before, during and after the event and let's showcase the amazing talent we have here in UK.

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