Young Chefs Competition 2010, sponsored by Gaggenau

On a bright sunny morning on 3rd June seven young chefs arrived, in trepidation, at Westminster Kingsway College to take part in the 2010 competition.

They were faced with a black box of ingredients of which the protein items were a four bone rack of Middle White pork; 500g of Black pudding; and 1 whole sea trout. In addition they had an assortment of other ingredients including asparagus, leeks, peas, broad beans, courgettes, dairy products, dark and milk chocolate, flaked almonds and rice. Within the kitchen was a larder trolley with other base ingredients. They were then given 30 minutes to design a three course menu for four people.

Having handed in their menus they were then started in 10 minute intervals to produce their chosen menu. The temperature in the kitchen was high and the pressure was on but all responded to the challenge. During their time in the kitchen they were judged by Gary Hunter, Head of Culinary Arts, who was looking at their knife skills, cooking techniques and cleanliness.

Strictly timed at three hours the competitors had to present their dishes to the judges who comprised of Anthony Marshall, Executive Chef of the Hilton Park Lane; Michael Weiss, Executive Chef from Coq d’Argent (both Chaine Maitre Rôtisseurs) and Dennis Drame, Executive Pastry Chef from Exclusive Hotels.

All three judges carefully reviewed each course from every contestant, making de-briefing notes for later use, and Anthony praising the high standards all of the entries. For the presentation of the prizes all of the judges and competitors went to sponsor Gaggenau’s showroom for the results.

The third prize went to Daniel Morgan of The Latymer Restaurant at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, the second was Dale Chamberlain of Lainston House, Winchester and the overall winner was Thomas Spenceley of Swinton Park, Masham.

The other entrants were Dominic Greechan from Dakota Hotel, Glasgow; Chris Carter from The Bell, Horden on the Hill; Alex Georgiou from Goodenough College and Richard Lloyd from Limewood, Lyndhurst, all received Medals and Certificates.

Thomas will be presented with his Chaine Membership in Helsinki in September, in addition he was presented his Gold Medal by Philip Evins, Bailli Délégué together with prizes from Gaggenau; Wusthof, Anolon and £100 spending money for when he goes on to represent GB in the finals in Finland.

Thomas was supported by Andrew McPherson the General Manager of Swinton Park and his Head Chef, Simon Crannage.

Vic Laws, Conseiller Culinaire for GB, who was assisting in his first competition, commented on the excellent work produced by the entrants and the enthusiasm they showed for the competition, He said ‘Some of the entrants had not entered this type of competition before but found it both challenging and enjoyable. We hope they will try again next year.’

Thomas’s winning menu was:

  • Pan Seared Sea Trout Lemon Marinated Asparagus and Courgette, Burnt Aubergine Paste and Red Pepper Coulis
  • Black Pudding Stuffed Loin of Middle White Pork, Pea Puree, Fondant Potato Fricasse of Broad Beans and Petit Onions, Wilted Spinach and Wine Jus
  • Vanilla Pannacotta with Lemon, Lime and Ginger Jam.


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Winner Thomas Spenceley, with Simon Crannage and Andrew McPherson
Pan Seared Sea Trout, Lemon Marinated Asparagus and Courgette
Black Pudding Stuffed Loin of Middle White Pork
Finalists of the Young Chefs Competition 2010
Judges (l-r) Anthony Marshall, Denis Drame and Mickael Weiss