The winners of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs' UK Finals for the Young Professionals of the Year 2012 have been revealed at a ceremony at the Dorchester hotel in London. The Young Chef of the Year title was awarded to Daniel Marshall of Imperial, Great Yarmouth, while Arnaud Bardary of the Maze in London scooped the Young Sommelier of the Year award.
Judged on presentation, originality and taste, Marshall's ambitious menu of pan-fried bream, glazed samphire and tomato, red onion and chilli salsa to start, followed by loin of lamb, red wine reduction, fondant potatoes, glazed asparagus and roasted beetroot and black pudding, and finishing with orange and thyme panna cotta, pistachio brittle, orange caramel cream and honey ice-cream, earned the top spot for creativity and execution.
Bardary fought for top Young Sommelier against Loic Avril of the Fat Duck, who took second place and Roumain Bourger of the Vineyard, Newbury, who came third. Each entrant was judged on their theory, service and accuracy of blind tasting, with Bardary impressing the judges with his all-round knowledge and ability.
Bailli Délégué, Phillip Evins, said that the entrants in both categories this year were "exceptional", adding: "The knowledge, creativity and professionalism of every entrant never fails to amaze and impress the judging panels and although we can only have one winner in each category, all the finalists should be proud of making it as far as they have".
"I would especially like to congratulate Bardary and Marshall, who were up against some very fierce and talented competitors. It is always daunting to have to perform in a competitive environment but they both held their own and thoroughly deserve their winning positions".
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By Lisa Jenkins
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