Larry Jayasekara, senior sous chef at London restaurant Petrus (part of the Gordon Ramsay Group) was named as the winner of National Chef of the Year 2016.
This was Larry’s third stint in the culinary competition and the third time was clearly a charm! Larry, who has since been promoted to head chef at Petrus, beat seven other finalists to take the accolade of National Chef of the Year 2016.
National Chef of the Year 2016 finalists
The 8 finalists in what proved to be a tough competition were: Andrew Ditchfield, Pastry Chef, House of Commons; Paul Foster, Head Chef, Mallory Court; Adam Handling, Head Chef, Restaurant Adam Handling; Mark Kempson, Head Chef, Kitchen W8; Luciano Lucioli, Head Chef, Marks & Spencers Headquarters (Lusso - CH&Co); Lawrence McCarthy, Sous Chef, The Ledbury Restaurant; Martin Carabott, Sous Chef, The Royal Automobile Club.
National Chef of the Year 2016 judges
The Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year is considered the most prestigious competition in the UK so it was no surprise to see Chair of Judges Clare Smyth and other top chefs including Daniel Clifford, Claude Bosi, Monica Galetti, Nigel Haworth and Graham Hornigold, lining up to scrutinise the final eight’s creations.
National Chef of the Year 2016
This year, candidates were asked to prepare an innovative menu for four people, focusing on technical skills, seasonality and sustainably sourced ingredients. Larry's winning menu featured native lobster, leek, red pepper and yoghurt to start, followed by loin of venison, celeriac, Cavelo Nero and blackberries. His dessert was a chocolate coffee cream, pan roasted pear and crumble.
Young National Chef of the Year 2016
Danny Hoang from Colette's was also named Craft Guild of Chefs Young National Chef of the Year. His menu of quail, hake and spiced bread and butter pudding was deemed exceptional by the competition judges.