One of the most prestigious and respected culinary competitions is the National Chef of the Year awards. This annual event which has been running since 1972 provides a unique opportunity for chefs in the UK to raise awareness of their skills.
The finalists of the 2013 competition were: Andrew Wright of Restaurant 23 in Leamington Spa; Joe McCafferty, Head Chef of Flesh and Buns in Covent Garden; David Bush, Senior Chef de Partie at the House of Commons; Russell Bateman, Head Chef of Colette’s Restaurant; Alex Bond, Sous Chef at Auberge du Lac; Hayden Groves, Executive Chef at BaxterStorey; Lahiru Jayasekara, Head Chef of The Manor in Weston-on-the-Green, Bicester; and Simon Webb , Head Chef of CH&Co.
Hayden Groves was awarded the accolade of National Chef of the Year 2013. He was working as an executive chef at BaxterStorey and beat seven other chefs to win the title. Chefs must create a three-course meal using mystery ingredients. Hayden won based on the quality of his dishes being the ‘most consistent and accurately placed three plates of food’.
Previous winners of the National Chef of the Year have included Gordon Ramsay and Mark Sargeant