Cheshire excels in 2012 North West Young Chef of the Year competition
PUBLISHED: 22:33 16 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:45 20 February 2013
Chester Grosvenor chef Laura Daniels excels in 2012 North West Young Chef of the Year competition
Chester Grosvenor chef Laura Daniels narrowly missed out on the top spot at the North West Young Chef of the Year competition. The 18-year-old Manchester College pupil, from Altrincham, lost out to winner Lewis Gallagher, from Grill on the Hill at Stanley House Hotel. But Laura has plenty to celebrate as she looks forward to starting a new job at Michelin-starred restaurant LAutre Pied in London.
Amelia Vella from Bents Garden Centre in Glazebury, Owen West from Liverpools London Carriageworks and Scott Fairweather from the Punchbowl Inn and Restaurant in the Lake District were also runners-up in the competition.
The final cook-off at this prestigious event, now in its tenth year, was judged by British Master Chef Brian Mellor. He started the competition because of his desire to recognise up and coming chefs nand local produce. He was joined by Aiden Byrne, the youngest chef to be awarded a Michelin star, David McLaughlin, head chef at Lake District Hotel Holbeck Ghyll, Stephen Doherty, chairman of judges for the Gordon Ramsay Scholarship and chef and hospitality consultant Max Gnoyke. The event, at Manchester College in Didsbury, was sponsored by Essential Cuisine.
Brian, chairman of judges, said: Over the ten years of this competition, I have seen the quality of the competitors grow and grow. As judges, were not there to trip anyone up; were there to help the young chefs develop their skills and confidence.
Were here to help them on their journey from being good chefs to being great chefs.