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Winner of Craft Guild's Young National Chef of the Year crowned
The winner of the inaugural Craft Guild of Chefs’ Young National Chef of the Year has been announced.
The cook-off took place at this year's Restaurant Show at London's Earls Court 2 and saw Mark Stinchcombe take home the title.John Retallick who oversaw proceedings said all the finalists had worked "very hard".
Announcing the winners Craft Guild of Chefs’ David Mulcahy said: “This is the first year of the competition and it's something we have wanted to for a few years now. We handpicked the chefs we think will be future stars and there is no doubt that all 10 finalists really impressed.”
Speaking after his win, Stinchcombe who is a junior sous chef at the Lucknam Park Hotel said he was delighted and overwhelmed and that the whole thing was “a bit crazy”.
Tom Lee from The Carriage Works in Liverpool came second and Sean Dickens from L’Ortolan came third. The other finalists were: Jack Allibone and Luke Fouracre from the House of Commons; Brendan Baxter from Raymond McArdle at Restaurant 23; Aaron Darnley from Edmonds Restaurant; Hyun You Im from Roux Fine Dining; Jarad McCarroll from The Ritz; and Josh Philips from the Old Government House in Guernsey.