07:27 Thursday 28 March 2013

College hosts contest for top chefs

Written byLeah Cassady

Some of the region’s top chefs took part in a demanding test of their skills in an event which took place in the restaurant kitchens at Stafford College last week.

The UK Visionary Dining Pro-Chef series of workshops and judged cook-offs attracted some of the country’s most ambitious and creative chefs as they seek to perfect their skills and benchmark themselves against the best in the industry.

The new catering kitchens in the Riverbank Building at Stafford College were chosen to host the local heat for the UK Visionary Chef of the Year, which was won by Adam Brown in 2012.

The event took place on Thursday 21 March. In the morning, the professional chefs watched the renowned Adam Brown demonstrate one dish from his award-winning menu. Adam, the head chef at Brockencote Hall in Worcester, is a former winner of the title whose show-stopping Tangerine Snowball took a painstaking ten hours to prepare.

In the afternoon the professional chefs – including Stafford College’s own chef-lecturer Jason Smith – attempted to replicate Adam’s dish. The results were served to a panel of judges who choose Jason Smith as the regional winner.

“Jason will be invited to work on stage, alongside Adam Brown, to create a dish that will be served alongside those of the other heat winners nationwide, at a gala dinner for industry leaders, foodies and fellow chefs later this year. The chef scoring the highest points of all will be invited to dine as our guest at the three-star Mugaritz Restaurant in San Sebastian,” said David Marsden of visionarydining.com

Alison Malcolm of Stafford College, said that the students and lecturers were excited to see at close-quarters the work of the area’s leading chefs: “The professionals who took part in the local heat are some of the most exciting, creative and highly respected figures in the region’s restaurant scene.

“It is a particular privilege to welcome Adam Brown, who trained under Gordon Ramsay and Simon Haigh. He is an enormously inspiring chef for our students because he ran his first kitchen aged only 25 and has gone on to win a string of accolades in the industry.”

We interviewed Adam Brown about what got him into cooking, how it felt to win last year and the dish he choose to prepare.


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