Hayden Groves was awarded the accolade of the Craft Guild of Chefs 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’.
The finalists of the National Chef of the Year 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' menu for National Chef of the Year 2013
Using seasonal ingredients from land and sea from a mystery basket, 39-year-old Hayden impressed the likes of Monica Galetti of two Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, after beginning with a starter of soused Cornish mackerel, clams and passion fruit. He then moved on to his main course of rib eye of beef, pithivier, girolles and roasted Jersualem artichoke.
To finish the meal Hayden created a blackberry and apple dessert with caramelized white chocolate. The winning menu was judged by TV chef Monica, competition organiser and vice president of the Craft Guild of Chefs David Mulcahy, chairman of judges Philip Howard, ambassador and chef proprietor of Murano Angela Hartnett, and Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar.
One of the most prestigious and respected culinary competitions is the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year. This annual event which has been running since 1972 provides a unique opportunity for chefs in the UK to raise awareness of their skills.
Previous winners of the National Chef of the Year
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