2018 Finalists ANNOUNCED


2 entrants have beaten off some very stiff competition to go through to the 2018 Chef Stagiaire Final at The Hand & Flowers 2 Michelin restaurant in Marlow, Bucks with Chef Patron Tom Kerridge and Head Chef Aaron Mulliss.

In no particular order, our 2018 Chef Stagiaire Finalists are…:


Christopher Davis completed his Semi Final stage at Angler, London

currently working at Restaurant Story, London


Enrique Javier Diez completed his Semi Final stage at Elystan Street, London

currently working at The Frog, London


Congratulations to both of them, fantastic work. We wish them all the best for the Final!


The Final will be held between 27th September and 1st October 2018, after which Tom Kerridge, Aaron Mulliss, as well as our team of Judges, will score and mark the final results and we will announce the overall Winner!


The Winner of Chef Stagiaire Award 2018 will win an all expenses paid international working holiday which includes 4 weeks at renowned 3 Michelin star restaurant Benu in San Francisco, under the guidance of pioneering Chef Patron, Corey Lee, then onto a further 2 incredible weeks at the opulent 6 star Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort in the Seychelles, for a period of cooking and relaxation in one of their breath-taking luxury Villas.

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A massive thank you to everyone below, everyone who entered the competition, every Head Chef who mentored an entrant through the application process, every kitchen, all of the Judges, every Head Chef, Sous Chef, Chef de Partie, Commis Chef and team member front and back of house, that supported Chef Stagiaire 2018. Its been an absolute pleasure so far…


Completed Semi Finals:


Jamacia Ellaway completed her stage at Adam’s Restaurant, Birmingham

currently working at Park Regis, Birmingham


Simona Macugova completed her stage at Alyn Williams at The Westbury, London

currently working at Baxter Storey, London


Oscar Dimaline completed his stage at Casamia, Bristol

currently at The Muddy Duck


Leon Carter completed his stage at Purnell’s, Birmingham

currently working at Adare Manor, Ireland


Steven Stewart completed his stage at Hampton Manor, Hampton in Arden

currently working at Ballathie House Hotel, Scotland


Emily Orton completed her stage at Restaurant Story, London

currently working at Lexington Food, London


Ladislav Florean completed his stage at The Clove Club, London

currently working as a Freelance Chef


Daniel Delaney completed his stage at Ynyshir Restaurant with Rooms, Powys, Wales

currently working at Adare Manor, Ireland


The Chef Stagiaire 2018 team of Judges:

James Mackenzie, Head Chef and Proprietor of The Pipe & Glass [1 Michelin Star]

Luke Tipping, Chef Director at Simpsons, Birmingham (1 Michelin Star)

Tim Blake, Regional Executive Chef working for Restaurant Associates at Google, London





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Semi Final 2017 – results, comments and distinctions

Some of the results and comments from the 2017 Semi Final stages, in no particular order:

  • Raymond Armstrong from Lough Erne Hotel & Golf Resort, Northern Ireland spent a week at Simpsons Restaurant, Birmingham with Head Chef Luke Tipping
  • Konrad Kamprad from Park Regis, Birmingham spent a week at Hampton Manor, Solihull with Head Chef Rob Palmer
  • Harvey Perttola from Hampton Manor, Solihull spent a week at Casamia, Bristol with Chef Proprietor Peter Sanchez-Inglesas
  • Martin McParland from Lough Erne Hotel & Golf Resort, Northern Ireland spent a week at  Restaurant Fraiche, Wirrall with Chef Patron Marc Wilkinson
  • Matteo Corridori from Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire spent a week at Johns House, Leicestershire with Chef Proprietor John Duffin – “Nice dish, with a few tweaks, as discussed with Matteo, it could be great. Very pleased with his attitude and work throughout the week”
  • Jack Simmonds from Lucknam Park, Chippenham spent a week at Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Derbyshire with Head Chef Rupert Rowley
  • Kate Elliott of Baxter Storey at UBS, London spent a week at Alyn Williams at the Westbury, London with Chef Alyn Williams – Katie made a good job of her dish. The duck was cooked well and the flavours balanced. It was a very tasty dish with plenty of complementary textures. This was a very pleasant dish to eat.”
  • Emily Orton from Lexington at the London Business School spent a week at Fera, London with Head Chef Matt Starling
  • Erin Jackson Yates from Wiltons, London spent a week at Petrus, London with Head Chef Larry Jayasekara – “Erin really has a great passion for cooking, good understanding of basic foundation and I can see her growing very quickly with the correct leader. We love her attitude, we would employ Erin in the future if she would be interested in Petrus. Really looking forward to see her growth as a chef.”
  • Oliver Dovey from Baxter Storey at UBS, London spent a week at Outlaws at the Capital, London with Executive Chef Nathan Outlaw and Head Chef Tom Brown.

A huge thanks to all the Head Chefs, Brigades and all the Front of House teams that supported our Stagiaires this year, 2017.

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