National Chef of the Year named

The Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year 2014 final has taken place, with Russen Bateman named winner.

According to the Guild, the head chef from Hertfordshire's Colette’s Restaurant at The Grove, which is based in Watford, won the prize following a final in the Live Theatre at The Restaurant Show, a recent London event.

Here, on October 7th, the finalist chefs had two hours to create three courses from previously specified ingredients.

Mr Bateman made a starter of scallop, oyster, apple and celeriac, served alongside coastal herbs, followed by a main including the likes of veal sweetbreads and a range of other elements and a desert featuring Madirofolo, Ghana and Zephyr chocolate, yoghurt, ruby port and fig.

Runner up place went to Daniel Morgan, who works at London's The Square Restaurant as sous chef, and third place was awarded to Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons' head chef, Nick Edgar.

Meanwhile, Diana Camp, who works at Hertfordshire's Reynolds Catering Supplies as development chef was given the social-media decided Churchill’s Exceptional Presentation Award.

The National Chef of the Year award was judged by over 40 chefs, with Phil Howard leading the panel.

"I’ve been involved in this competition for the last four years and this year we’ve seen the highest overall standard of cooking," Mr Howard said, according to the Guild.

"In this competition you want finesse, good craftsmanship and exceptional understanding of ingredients, which we had today."

He added that chefs in Britain have developed a lot when it comes to the understanding they have about sustainability and ingredients, adding that food here "is in a good place".

It comes after a recent Travelzoo-commissioned survey asked Brits to rank what they like to eat out locally in order of preference. The cuisine at number one was British, with Indian at second place and Italian third.

Meanwhile, some seven in ten people among the 2,000 polled claimed to have a favourite eatery in their local area, which they go to on a regular basis.

And it was discovered that, on average, Brits would rather not have to journey more than 20 minutes in order to eat out.

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