Best Brigades finalists revealed as public video vote opens

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 25th May 2016

The eight regional finalists in Essential Cuisine’s search for the UK’s best chef team have been revealed, with a public vote now open to decide the winner.

Following a paper submission each entry into the competition was judged by a panel including: Chef Patron of Bird of Smithfield, Alan Bird; British Culinary Federation Chairman and Executive Chef of the Lewis Partnership, Matt Davies and Essential Cuisine Managing Director, Nigel Crane. 

The final eight were then tasked with creating a short video to bring their original entry to life and showcase their kitchen camaraderie, togetherness and teamwork.

Nigel Crane, Managing Director for Essential Cuisine, said: “Judging was extremely difficult – such was the quality on show from our entries – but in the end, the passion, camaraderie and cooking shone through from our eight finalists. We have some fantastic videos that really bring their paper submissions to life. I urge people to visit check out each and have their say. Regional pride is at stake!”

Voters now have until Midday on 27 June, 2016 to go to, watch the videos and crown a winner. Only one will receive the coveted title, £1000 cash and an exclusive menu development masterclass with a leading UK chef.

The finalists are:

Greater London – Nathan Outlaw at The Capital

South East – Oakley Hall Hotel

South West - Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

Midlands – The Punchbowl in Lapworth

North East – Darcy's Brasserie at Mosborough Hall Hotel

North West & Northern Ireland – Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Wales – Gemelli

Scotland –The Torridon

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 25th May 2016

Best Brigades finalists revealed as public video vote opens