The winner of the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year 2014 was Russell Bateman, who is head chef at
Hertfordshire based Colette’s restaurant at the Grove.
It was Russell's second time in the National Chef of the Year final, he is also the Chair of Examiners for the Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards.
The National Chef of the Year 2014 judges
The judging panel included Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti, Jason Atherton and Hideko Kawa, amongst others. Judge Clare Smyth commented on Russell’s winning dish, saying: “Russell produced two of the best dishes today – two show-stoppers that I would happily eat in any restaurant in this country.”
The National Chef of the Year 2014 finalists
The finalists were, Andrew Gotting, executive group head chef, Galloping Gourmet, Worecestershire; Diane Camp, development chef, Reynolds, Hertfordshire; Adam Handling, head chef, Caxton, London; Daniel Morgan, sous chef, The Square, Mayfair, London; Simon Webb, head chef, Restaurant Associates, London; Lahiru Jayasekara, head chef, The Manor at Weston on the Green, Oxfordshire and Nick Edgar, head chef, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, Oxfordshire. And they had two hours to prepare a three course meal using items from a mystery basket of ingredients which they received two weeks ago.
Candidates were asked to prepare a first course using fish or shellfish from James Knight of Mayfair, a main course using a choice of meats supplied by RARE and a hot or cold chocolate dessert, using Cacao Barry Chocolate. Russell’s winning menu featured oyster, scallop, celeriac, apple, coastal herbs, veal sweetbreads, garam masala, girolles, turnip, black garlic, sherry vinegar and madirofolo, Ghana and Zephyr chocolate, fig, ruby port, yoghurt dessert.
By winning the competition, Russell joins some of the industry’s most celebrated chefs, many with Michelin stars. Past winners include Gordon Ramsay, Mark Sargeant, David Everitt-Matthias, Lou Jones, Bruce Sangster, Simon Hulstone and Alyn Williams. The competition runners up were Nick Edgar, head chef at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, Oxfordshire and Daniel Morgan, sous chef at The Square, Mayfair, London.
Young National Chef of the Year 2014
Luke Selby from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons was also named Craft Guild of Chefs Young National Chef of the Year 2014.
The other finalists for the Young National Chef of the Year 2014 competition were: Julien Pickersgill, House of Commons, London, Josh Bingham, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxfordshire, April Lily Partridge, The Club at The Ivy, London, Claire Willett, Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire, Daniel Lee, Brooklands Hotel, Surrey, James Goodyear, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxfordshire.