Gather & Gather has crowned Kevin Murphy as its ‘Restaurant Chef of the Year’ and Laura Dent as ‘Hospitality Chef of the Year’. The final five from each category beat chef competitors from across the UK in five regional heat competitions for a chance to impress the judges and win the coveted titles.
Competitors for Hospitality Chef of the Year had to design, prepare and present a three-course meal to a panel of judges including Michelin starred chefs Ollie Dabbous of Hide, London, and Brad Carter of Carters of Moseley, Birmingham. Laura’s winning main dish included Kerry Hill lamb loin and breast with potato terrine, paired with charred summer cabbage, garlic scapes and lamb jus.
Aspiring Restaurant Chef’s of the Year were required to produce a main dish as well as a bakery item to a panel of five Gather & Gather Executive Chefs led by Culinary Director and Food on the Edge Ambassador Mark Anderson. Kevin was the clear winner with his cauliflower shawarma on handmade flatbreads, as well as his sweet treat of sweet potato and maple millionaire oat squares.
As part of their prize, both winners will accompany Jose Pizarro, heralded as the Godfather of Spanish cooking in the UK, on a two-day food trip to Seville, Spain. They also received premium MAC chef’s knives, bespoke chef shoes from Wearertech, a hamper of Belazu ingredients and glass trophies presented by Gather & Gather’s Managing Director, Allister Richards, and Jeremy Ford, Director of Food.