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18th October 2022

S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy announces 2022 winner

Written by: Edward Waddell
After rounds of competitive cooking and ‘outstanding displays of culinary prowess by some of the most talented young chefs in the UK’, S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy has recognised Marcus Clayton as the winner of the competition’s regional final at BAFTA.

Marcus, who beat eight other finalists, will be participating in the Grand Finale that will take place in Milan in 2023. The 26-year-old chef works at the Hide and Fox restaurant in Saltwood, Kent. He has been working in kitchens since he was just 14 and went to Sussex Coast College.

At the competition final, which took place at CORD in London, Marcus won over the renowned jury including Sat Bains and Claude Bosi with his signature dish, Celeriac, Apple and Mushroom.

Marcus commented: "I am delighted to have won, it's very surreal and I can't wait to represent the UK at the grand final. It's been a great experience so far, especially getting direct feedback from the esteemed judging panel. I’m looking forward to working closely with Lisa (Goodwin-Allen) on my signature dish ahead of the next stage in Milan."

Three young chefs were also awarded at the regional final event:

  • S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility - Imogen Parrish and Crab Bisque, Crab and Preserved Lemon Chantilly, Fennel and Tomato Concasse
  • Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy – Harry Van Lierop and Growing Up
  • Fine Dining Lovers Community Award – Swann Auffray and Wild Sea Bass, Cherry and Fennel