Young Professionals Dinner

The Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane was again the venue for Chaine GB’s annual event to celebrate young talent in the industry. Members from across the country including many professionals together with the press assembled to both recognise and support these young professionals and also to enjoy a wonderful dinner created by Executive Chef Henri Brosi and produced on the night under the guidance of Executive Sous Chef Roger Olson. Bailli Delegue Philip Evins welcome everybody and particularly our partners and thanked them for their continuing support which makes it possible to stage the two competitions for your chefs and young sommeliers. The evening’s keynote speaker was Maitre Hotelier Roland Fasel, GB Director for the Dorchester Collection and General Manager of the Hotel who spoke to the importance of training and retaining talent. Many at the dinner were envious of the long list of facilities provided to Dorchester staff – volunteering to test the spa, the gym, etc. Jordan Kerridge of South Lodge Hotel ( London City) was crowned the Young Chef of the Year with Ruth Hanson of The Ritz (London) second and The Grand Hotel, York’s Sam Willis (Yorkshire) in third place. Jordan said “I’m absolutely delighted to have won the GB title! It’s taken a lot of hard work to get here but I am so pleased all my training has paid off. I’m now really looking forward making my country proud when I represent it in the International Competition later this year in Manchester.”

Romain Bourger of The Vineyard, Newbury (Wessex) was crowned Young Sommelier of the Year with Piotr Pietras of Launceston Pace (London City) second and Carmine de Riso of Gordon Ramsay (London City) in third place. Romain was delighted to win the title that had previously eluded him. Romain reflected that “With wines one is always learning and having to keep up to date with changes both in vintages and in new wineries and products. Never a chance to rest on your laurels”. He will go on to represent GB in the international finals in Vaduz, Lichtenstein in August.

Philip Evins added “I would especially like to congratulate Romain and Jordan, who were up against some very talented competitors. It is pleasing to see competitors trying again to take top place. In both competitions the winning candidates improved on their previous entries showing the learning though the year. It is always daunting to have to perform in a competitive environment but they both held their own and thoroughly deserve their winning positions. We wish them both the best of luck in their challenge for top international honours later in the year”. As is customary at these dinners, members were pleased to hear the latest news and successes from The Clink including their expansion plans from CEO, Maitre Restaurateur Chris Moore. The additional restaurants over the next couple of years will give even more Regional Bailliages the opportunity to be linked with and support a local Clink restaurant. This was followed by a raffle which raised a four figure sum for the charity.

Date postedApril 10, 2016
Author Edwina Morris

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