Bateman wins National Chef of the Year

A new National Chef of the Year has been crowned after a cook-off at The Restaurant Show.
Russell Bateman took the Craft Guild of Chefs prize after beating Daniel Morgan, Sous Chef at The Square Restaurant in London, into second place with Nick Edgar, Head Chef at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, in third.
To win the title, Bateman, Head Chef at Colette’s Restaurant at The Grove in Watford, was given two hours to cook a three course meal using specified ingredients in the show’s Live Theatre at Earls Court.
The winning menu consisted of an oyster, scallop, celeriac, apple and coastal herbs starter, with veal sweetbreads, garam masala, girolles, turnip, black garlic and sherry vinegar for the main, and a dessert of Madirofolo, Ghana and Zephyr chocolate, fig, ruby port and yogurt.
Judging at the event, sponsored by Evolve Hospitality, was headed by Phil Howard with various other chefs including Tom Kerridge, Marcus Wareing, Jason Atherton and Clare Smyth also on the panel.
Announcing the winners, Howard said he was impressed with the quality of chefs at the competition.
He said: “I’ve been involved in this competition for the last four years and this year we’ve seen the highest overall standard of cooking. In this competition you want finesse, good craftsmanship and exceptional understanding of ingredients, which we had today.
“British chefs have come such a long way in their understanding of ingredients and sustainability and British food is in a good place right now.”
Also recently winning a prestigious prize was Luke Selby, Junior Sous Chef at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, who picked up the award for Young National Chef of the Year 2014 after creating a menu of beef tartare, baby beetroots and mustard sorbet, followed by seared sable fish, pickled cockles and scraps, with a dessert of chocolate fondant with pink grapefruit, jasmine tea ice cream and Grue de cacao.
By Owen Mckeon
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