National Chef of the Year 2017

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 included: Danny Parker, head chef at House of Tides in Newcastle, Martin Carabott, senior sous chef at The Royal Automobile Club, Adam Thomason, head chef at Restaurant Associates, Charles Smith, head chef at Alyn Williams at The Westbury, Liam McKenna, head chef at Trump International, James Devine, sous chef at EIPIC, Paul Foster, chef patron of Salt, Stephanie Coupland, chef de partie at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Luciano Lucioli, head chef at Lusso – CH&Co. and Kamil Wierzbowski, sous chef at Petrus Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay.

James Devine, former sous chef at EIPIC in Belfast is the most recent winner of the highly sought-after title of National Chef of the Year 2017. James beat off stiff competition from nine other finalists in what was a close race. James’s dishes of tortellini, roast chicken, butternut squash and usage veloutte, Tees Valley rib of beef, braised puy lentils and watercress shone through on the day and delighted the judging panel which included the likes of Gary Jones - Executive Head Chef at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, and many more.

Previous winners of the National Chef of the Year have included Gordon Ramsay and Mark Sargeant whom have witnessed first-hand how this competition helps fast-track careers to put winners firmly on the culinary map.

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 included: Danny Parker, head chef at House of Tides in Newcastle, Martin Carabott, senior sous chef at The Royal Automobile Club, Adam...