Welcome to the Chef Stagiaire Award

28.07.15; competition entrant Louise Roberts, fromimage1 Lexington Catering, has been announced as Winner of the 2015 Chef Stagiaire Award.  Sincere congratulations to Louise for her hard work and determination in getting right to the very top. Enjoy your amazing trip to Joel Robuchon 3 Michelin star Restaurant in Las Vegas and the immense Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman!!

The Final was a week long stage at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal judged and mentored by Executive Chef of The Fat Duck Group, Ashley Palmer-Watts. Congratulations must go to Andrew Leonard, from Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland, for an incredibly close Second Place in what turned out to be an extremely high quality competition cook off.

scotch egg#2Sincere thanks to all the entrants in this years competition, your work was exquisite. It has been a delight to see the entries and the creativity you have all worked so hard on. We hope you have all had fun, learnt something and are encouraged to go out into the world and be proud of the industry we work in.

Louise Roberts - Cod FilletWe must, of course, say a huge thank you to all of the Head Chefs, Chef Patrons, Executive Chefs and all of the committed brigades and staff in those kitchens, that have continued to support this worthy initiative again in 2015. We hope to see you all again in the next one.

Special thanks to:

Ashley Palmer-Watts and his team at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Andy McFadden and team, L’Autre Pied, London

Paul Foster and team, Mallory Court, Warwickshire

Mark Poynton and team, Alimentum, Cambridge

Anthony Skeats and Julie Griffiths and team, Sir Charles Napier, Oxfordshire

Warren Geraghty and team, Galvin la Chapelle, London

Richard Edwards and team, Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter

Patrick Leano and team, Arbutus, London

Alyn Williams and team, The Westbury, London

Hywel Jones and team, Lucknam Park, Colerne

Richard Lee and team, Executive Chef, Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Claude Le-Tohic and team at Joel Robuchon, MGM Grand, Las Vegas

Rob Kirby at Lexington Catering

Richard Turner at Turners, Birmingham

James Mackenzie at The Pipe and Glass, Beverley, Yorkshire


Watch this space for the Winners Diary of her journey to Las Vegas and Oman!!