Taste of Staffordshire Reveals Finalists for Top Chef Competition!
- 13 chefs in the running for top Staffordshire titles
- Winners will receive cash prizes and Michelin-star experience
Following a year of record entries, thirteen top chefs from across Staffordshire have been officially announced as finalists of the 2013 Taste of Staffordshire Masterchef and Young Chef of Tomorrow competition.
The competition is open to all professional chefs, aged 21 and upwards and budding young chefs, aged between 16-21. Six finalists have now been selected for the junior category, and seven for the senior category.
The winner will be decided following a challenging ‘cook off’ on 13th May at Stafford College. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at WestonPark later that evening.
Taste of Staffordshire Masterchef 2013 Finalists
JEFF THOMAS - SEASONED COOKERY SCHOOL – BURTON UPON TRENT
RICHARD CULLEN - SPOT GATE INN - STONE
SEAN SLEIGH - BURTON AND SOUTH DERBYSHIRE COLLEGE - BURTON UPON TRENT
PHILIP WHITTLE - THE CHASE GOLF HEALTH AND CLUB SPA - PENKRIDGE
JAMIE LACEY - THE MIDDLE BELL - BURTON UPON TRENT
ALLAN JONES - THE TERRACE RESTAURANT - KEELE
JOE BAILEY - GREENAWAY HALL GOLF CLUB - STOKE ON TRENT
Taste of Staffordshire Young Chef of Tomorrow 2013 Finalists
CLARISSA DARBY - ALTON TOWERS HOTEL - ALTON
DANIEL ASKWITH - THE SHROPSHIRE INN - STAFFORD
JAMES BATLEY – PASCAL AT THE OLD VICARAGE – BURTON ON TRENT
JADE CLARK - BURTON AND SOUTH DERBYSHIRE COLLEGE - BURTON UPON TRENT
JACK HARRIS - GRANARY GRILL, WESTON PARK – WESTON UNDER LIZARD
ANDREW PLATT - MODDERSHALL OAKS – STONE
The winner of the coveted Masterchef award will win £700, whilst the Young Chef of Tomorrow will win £250 and a once-in-a-lifetime weeks work placement at a Michelin-star restaurant. Both will also receive annual membership of the British Culinary Federation and a commemorative trophy.
Matt Davies, Group Executive Chef for The Lewis Partnership and Chairman of Judges for the competition said: “We are delighted with the response to this year’s competition. Almost every corner of Staffordshire is represented, and we will have some brand new faces at the cook-off.
“The calibre of entries has continued to improve, and this year promises to be our most hotly contested title to date. It is a great reflection on the level of talent of gastronomic creativity that Staffordshire harbours.”
The Taste of Staffordshire Masterchef and Young Chef of Tomorrow competition was launched in 2005, and aims to raise standards within the Staffordshire hospitality industry, as well as rewarding inspiring individuals who have an overwhelming passion for quality gastronomy.