Nathan Outlaw named Chefs’ Chef of the Year

Nathan Outlaw has been named the AA’s Chefs’ Chef of the Year 2014 and succeeds last year’s winner Tom Kerridge.
The ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London also saw Ruth Rogers handed the Lifetime Achievement prize, while awards were also given out to another 24 individuals and businesses.
The AA Hospitality Awards recognised Outlaw’s accomplishments since opening his first restaurant in Cornwall through to his Academy Nathan Outlaw which helps to prepare young people for a career working in chefs jobs.
Meanwhile, Rogers was awarded for helping to open the River Café in London and launching the careers of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver among others.
Also taking home prizes were Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern which won the award for Restaurant of the Year for London, Sticky Walnut in Chester which was named the best in England, Timberyard in Edinburgh which took the prize for Scotland, and Bully’s in Cardiff which was proclaimed the best restaurant in Wales.
In terms of hotels, Dormy House in Broadway, Rosewood London, Meldrum House Country Hotel in Aberdeen, Ynyshir Hall in Eglwys Fach and The Bushmills Inn Hotel in Northern Ireland all took top spot for their individual regions.
Also having a successful night were The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, which won the Spirit Award, QHotels, which took home the Hotel Group of the Year prize, and the Eden Hotel Collection, which won the Small Hotel Group of the Year award.
The UK’s best pubs were also praised with The Pheasant in Gestingthorpe taking the prize for England, the Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd winning the award in Wales, and The Bridge Inn in Ratho being named the best in Scotland.
Elsewhere, five young chefs were also recently handed prizes at the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Graduate Awards, which saw chefs competing to score an average of 85 per cent or higher from various culinary challenges at University College Birmingham.
By Owen Mckeon
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