Runner Up – Andrew Leonard – Profile

Posted on 29 July, 2015

Andrew also worked incredibly hard to get to this year’s Chef Stagiaire Final; first Andrew Leonard - Pea Panna Cotta coming over for a week to do his Phase 2 stage at Lords of the Manor with Executive head Chef Richard Edwards and his team, where Richard offered him a position in the brigade! Then coming back for the Final Phase week at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal with Executive Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts and his 2 Michelin star, Dinner team.

Since leaving school Andrew has completed his NVQ up to Level 3 at South West College, at both the Dungannon and Enniskillen campus’.

  • NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery – 2009
  • NVQ Level 3 in Professional Cookery – 2011
  • NVQ Level 3 in Hospitality, Supervision and Leadership – 2014
  • Intermediate Food Safety and HACCP Analysis – 2014

As well as his studies, Andrew is a keen competition entrant, with a variety of fantastic achievements to his name so far in his career;

  • Silver/Finalist in Chef Stagiaire Award 2015
  • Finalist in BCF Young Chef of the Year, Great Britain, November 2012
  • Finalist in BCF Young Chef of the Year, Great Britain, November 2013
  • IFEX Northern Ireland Young Chef of the Year, March 2014
  • Recipient of the BCF Johnnie Borra Award, May 2014


Andrew Leonard - Stone BassAndrew has worked his way up through the ranks and is now thoroughly enjoying being responsible for the Loughside Bar & Grill at The Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, under the guidance and mentorship of Executive Head Chef, Noel McMeel.

We wish Andrew the best with his career and will keep an eye out for news of further achievements in the near future.

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