North West Young Chef Awarded National Scholarship

North West Young Chef Awarded National Scholarship
North West Young Chef of the Year

North West Young Chef of the Year

Premium Supplier 5th December 2012

North West Young Chef Awarded National Scholarship

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21-year-old Lewis Gallagher, commis chef at Stanley House, won the prestigious Acorn Scholarship 2012 and will now be guided by the likes of restaurateur and acclaimed chef, Michael Caines.
Blackburn-born Lewis wowed judges with his raw talent and passion at the final, which took place at BMA House, London on November 26.
The young star – the only representative from the North of England and the youngest ever winner of the scholarship – pitched to a panel of 15 judges which included; Michael Caines, Christian Armstrong, operations planning director, Guoman and Thistle Hotels, William Baxter, non-executive director, BaxterStorey and Nick Green, national sales manager, Villeroy and Boch.
Earlier this year, Lewis entered and won the Lancashire Heat of the North West Young Chef Competition, sponsored by Essential Cuisine. He then went on to compete in the final in June, where he demonstrated his skills over a three course meal, including Ravioli of Yellison’s Goats Cheese, ‘Journeyed’ port of Lancaster eel, followed up with a dessert of Mille Feuille of chef’s foraged wild strawberries. He was crowned overall winner, which gained him automatic qualification into the National Young Chef of the Year Competition, held at London’s Earl’s Court, where he was announced as the second runner-up.
Lewis commented: “This is an unbelievable achievement, there can only be one winner so to be given the scholarship ahead of so many other talented people from the hospitality trade is a dream come true.
Stanley House Hotel and Spa’s general manager, Philip Wharton said;  “Lewis is a star in the making, he lives and breathes food and his energy was clearly evident in front of the judging panel. We are incredibly proud to have Lewis on board at Stanley House.”
The Acorn Scholarship prize includes a £2,000 bursary for professional development, £1,500 worth of Learnpurple training, plus monthly coaching sessions and with Learnpurple managing director, Jane Sunley. Lewis will also visit leading European ceramic manufacturer Villeroy and Boch in Luxembourg to see the best culinary cutlery and be assigned to a mentor for the year.
Lewis joined Stanley House two years ago and is commis chef to Head Chef, Andy Parker at the hotel’s Grill on the Hill restaurant. To learn more about Stanley House, and the Grill on the Hill restaurant where Lewis works, click here to visit their website.
To read more about the North West Young Chef Competition, or to enter, click here.