Laurence Tottingham, Development Chef at Oliver Kay wins Development Chef Award

Laurence Tottingham

Laurence Tottingham

Executive Chef 7th June 2019

Laurence Tottingham, Development Chef at Oliver Kay wins Development Chef Award

Laurence Tottingham, Development Chef at Oliver Kay Produce, was honoured with the Development Chef Award.

Tottingham has 22 years’ experience as a chef, with a CV that includes a stint with Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck and Hinds Head.

He has worked at fresh produce specialist Oliver Kay for five years, and also helps with menu and recipe development and customer support across other parts of the Bidfresh group including Direct Seafoods and Countrywide Butchers.
He said: “It’s an honour to receive this award, and to be recognised by your peers like this is really humbling. Everyone in the hospitality industry works hard to deliver unforgettable customer experiences, and to play a part in helping our customers do this through menu development and innovation is very rewarding.

“I enjoy working with our customers across all parts of the industry to help make their businesses more successful, and I’m very grateful to those customers who took the time to support my entry into the Craft Guild Awards, as well to my colleagues in Bidfresh.”

Among those supporting the entry was Anson Bolton, food development manager, at pub operator JW Lees. He said: “Laurence has played an instrumental part in rolling out our menus via cook offs at Oliver Kay’s development kitchen. His knowledge provides us with an ideal sound board, keeping us abreast of current industry trends which ultimately assist in our menu development.

“In the past our chefs have benefited from Laurence’s vegetarian workshops as well as mystery box cook offs, demonstrating to our group of head chefs how best to utilise seasonal produce. We also use Laurence’s experience and expertise as a valued judge on our annual J W Lees Masterchef competition.”