M & Bookatable Young Chef of the Year finalists named

M & Bookatable Young Chef of the Year finalists named

Bookatable by Michelin has announced the finalists of its Young Chef of the Year Awards 2017. 

The awards were launched earlier this year in partnership with M Restaurants with the aim of nurturing the next generation of young chefs.

The chosen 10 are all under 29 years old and work for top restaurants in London including The Dairy, Smiths of Smithfield, La Ferme, Les 110 de Taillevent and Michelin starred Five Fields.

The finalists were selected from a shortlist of 50 who were invited to M Victoria to cook their own signature dishes to a panel of judges including M executive chef Michael Reid and Bonham's head chef Tom Kemble, who both recently appeared on Great British Menu.

They will now be mentored by both Reid and M Restaurant founder Martin Williams to tweak their menu design ahead of the final round of the competition, the Bookatable M Young Chef Takeover which will take place at M Victoria St for 10 nights from 25 July to 5 August 2017. 

A judging panel including Daniel Ayton, president of Disciples of Escoffier, Richard Bainbridge, Sarah Durdin Robertson, as well as Williams will have 33% of the final vote. Paying diners at the restaurant will make the remaining 67% of the vote.

The chosen young chef will win a 10 night ‘pop up’ serving the winning menu at M Victoria St from 16 to 30 August. They also win a trip to Reims, France courtesy of Champagne Pommery and the title ‘M & Bookatable Young Chef of the Year 2017.’ 

The Top 10 UK Finalists

 

Finalist name

Restaurant

1

Jack Barwick

The Dairy

2

Kevin Hardy

Les 110 de Taillevent

3

Chris Davis

Compass Group

4

Kristian Ordona-Bates

Sofitel Heathrow

5

Perry Torrance

SMITHS of Smithfield

6

Taylor Batey

The Inn

7

Arran Seymour

Goose Fat & Wild Garlic

8

William Bowman-Smith

Woughton House

9

Guillaume Dunos

La Ferme

10

Valentin Perelle

Five Fields

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