Chavot wins ‘chefs Oscar’

Michelin-starred chef Eric Chavot has taken the top prize at this year’s Craft Guild of Chefs Awards.
The chef patron at Brasserie Chavot in the Westbury Hotel, Mayfair took the guild’s special award as recognition of his contribution and commitment to the British food scene.
The prize was handed out in front of 650 people at a special gala dinner held earlier this week at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, while a further 16 awards were also presented to the industry’s trendsetters working in catering jobs in the UK.
Among the winners were Paul Kitching from 21212 who won the restaurant chef award, Andrew Pern from The Star Inn who took home the pub restaurant chef award, and Ben Dutson from Sodexo Prestige Events who took the prize for best banqueting and event chef.
The apprentice chef award went to Louise Roberts from Lexington Catering, Martin Powell from the RAC Club took the pastry chef prize, Thomas Lawson from the Rafters Restaurant won young chef of the year, and Vincent Cottam from Westminster Kingsway College won the chef lecturer award.
Meanwhile, chef consultant Willie Pike was voted the winner of the people’s choice award as a result of providing inspiration and founding the Scottish chef conference.
Also picking up prizes were Gymkhana as best new restaurant, Sanjay Sighat from The Authentic Food Company as best development chef, Raju Ramachandran from Cinnamon Soho as ethnic chef of the year, and Peter Joyner from Elior UK as best contract catering chef.
The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts also recently dished out prizes with its Annual Awards of Excellence 2014 rewarding various front and back of house staff working across the UK.
Candidates were split into three categories of kitchen, pastry and service and were required to achieve an average score of 70 per cent from a series of challenges.
By Owen Mckeon
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