AA reveals shortlist for Chefs’ Chef of the Year Award

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AA Hospitality reveals shortlist for prestigious AA Chefs’ Chef of the Year Award 2023-4.

The annual event will see Mark Birchall hand over the reins of the industry-famed AA Chefs’ Chef of the Year Award, first introduced in 1996, it gives all AA Rosette-awarded chefs the power to decide who truly deserves the ultimate recognition for their outstanding performance over the past year.

Voted for by their peers, the unique award is a popular and coveted title. On this year's shortlist is Angela Hartnett, MuranoClare Smyth, Core by Clare Smyth; Galton Blackiston, Morston Hall; Gareth Ward, Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms; Hélène Darroze, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught; Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Northcote; Michael Wignall, The Angel at Hetton; Monica Galetti, Mere; Paul Ainsworth, Paul Ainsworth at No. 6; Tommy Banks, Roots York and Tom Kitchin, The Kitchin.

The awards will take place at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London on Monday 25 September, and will bring together over 1,000 esteemed guests from the UK's hospitality landscape. The evening's meticulously crafted menu will be curated by none other than Chef Patron of Moor Hall, Aughton (5 AA Rosettes) and the winner of the 2022 Chefs’ Chef award, Mark Birchall.


Mark said: “It has been an absolute honour to hold this esteemed title for the past year. However, the time has come for me to pass the baton. This year’s remarkable shortlist showcases chefs responsible for some of the finest gastronomy to come out of the UK.

“As we eagerly await the winner's announcement on 25 September, I for one will be on the edge of my seat with anticipation! To all the talented chefs, I wish you the best of luck. Your exceptional talent has truly raised the bar in our industry.”

Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Media, added: "Amid the joyous atmosphere of the AA Hospitality Awards, the Chefs' Chef award is perhaps one of our most coveted, capturing hearts and palates alike. It stands apart from the rest of our awards as our inspectors pass over the power to the chefs themselves. Let us raise our glasses in celebration of these exceptional chefs who are truly trailblazers in their industry."


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Editor 13th June 2023

AA reveals shortlist for Chefs’ Chef of the Year Award