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Semi-finalists announced at Gram sponsored Craft Guild of Chef’s Graduate Awards 2015

Gram is pleased to announce it is a proud sponsor of this year’s Craft Guild of Chefs’ Graduate Awards. With the regional cooking test taking place on Friday 5 June, 20 young working chefs and college students have been selected as this year’s semi-finalists.  

Having already completed a comprehensive paper entry, the candidates will be asked to demonstrate their skills to the highest level in front of a judging panel of industry renowned chefs for the next heat of the awards. 

This second stage will take place simultaneously at Sheffield College and the University of West London. This make or break round gives the semi-finalists the chance to prove that they can take their training to the next level. 

Managing director at Gram Glenn Roberts commented “We are really proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 awards. We really believe the future of the foodservice industry relies on strong new talent and these awards are a great platform for young chefs to make their break through”. 

Gram’s sponsorship of these awards further demonstrates its commitment to education within the foodservice industry, after it held an education dedicated round table webinar discussion as part of its Go Green Debate. 

The webinar’s panel included industry experts Chef Patron, Cyrus Todiwala, CESA chair Simon Frost CFSP, managing director of RHP Limited and Research & Consultancy Fellow at Oxford Brookes, Dr Rebecca Hawkins who discussed the current foodservice curriculum and the importance of sustainability with in it. The panel’s thoughts can be viewed at www.thegogreendebate.co.uk.

The Craft Guild of Chefs’ Graduate Awards 20 named semi-finalists are: 

  • •    Laurel Taylor, Royal Garden Hotel 
  • •    Nicholas Cottrell, Dolphin House Brazzerie
  • •    Reece Cosier, The Landmark London
  • •    Alex Murtagh, The Landmark London
  • •    Olivia Baggley, Wiltons
  • •    Andrew Potter, The Dairy
  • •    Grainne Kerr, Browns Restaurant
  • •    Liam Argyle, Saunton Sands Hotel
  • •    Drew Snaith, Brunswick House
  • •    Louise Roberts, Lexington Catering
  • •    Miranda Lucien-Johnson, Adam Handling at Caxton
  • •    Josie Thompson, Westminster Kingsway College
  • •    Christopher Davis, Westminster Kingsway College
  • •    Daniel Catalano, The White Horse Pub
  • •    Andrew Hockley, Queenwood Golf Club
  • •    Aaron Duffy, Grants Restaurant
  • •    Charlie Aggett, Hartwell House Hotel
  • •    James Toth, The Cross at Kenilworth
  • •    Chloe Fella, Food Academy
  • •    James Carpenter, Food Academy

Competition dates 

  • •    Regional cooking test – 5th June (Sheffield College and University of West London)
  • •    Mentor day for finalists – w/c 13th July 
  • •    Final exam – 27th August (Birmingham University College)

Cocktail presentation evening – 4th September (The Lancaster London)

 

 

 

To further share the benefits with the industry of working more sustainably, this year Gram has launched The Go Green Debate, a series of three live webinar debates culminating in a half-day summit at The Charlotte Street Hotel in October. The next webinar will be streamed live on 25 June and will discuss ‘how to achieve a sustainable bottom line – are operational efficiencies the recipe for business success’. To find out more and to register please visit www.thegogreendebate.co.uk 

 

 

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