Academy of Culinary Arts unveils 2010 Awards of Excellence winners

Academy of Culinary Arts unveils 2010 Awards of Excellence winners

Staff at the Ritz, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and Gleneagles were the biggest winners at the Annual Awards of Excellence 2010.

The Academy of Culinary Arts has announced the winners following finals held at Le Gavroche, Le Colombier, Gleneagles Hotel and Thames Valley University.

The Ritz was the biggest winner, taking home four awards, while Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and Gleneagles each picked up away with three.

To win the award candidates had to attain a score of over 70% in the tasks set. John Williams MBE, executive chef at the Ritz and the chairman of the Academy of Culinary Arts, chaired the judging committee, which included:

Honorary President of the Awards: Heston Blumenthal OBE, chef-patron, the Fat Duck
Chairmen of Kitchen: Martyn Nail, executive chef, Claridge's and Adam Byatt, chef-patron, Trinity
Chair of Pastry: Yolande Stanley MCA, senior lecturer in pâtisserie, Thames Valley University
Chairman of Service: Sergio Rebecchi, managing director, Chez Nico Restaurants

The kitchen finalists had four hours to produce a crab starter using ingredients from a mystery box; roast chicken and custard tart, and the pastry finalists had five hours to produce eight individual savarins aux oranges; a modern interpretation of a Black Forest Gâteau; Nougat de Montelimar and a nougatine stand.

The service finalists were required to decant and describe wines to the judging panel and set up and serve a three-course meal with wines and liqueurs to a table of two guest judges.

The winning candidates will receive their awards at a gala presentation dinner later in the year and the candidate with the highest score in each section will also be announced and presented with a trophy and prizes including a travel scholarship.

The full list of winners:

Hayley Barham, The Old Bell Hotel
Jarad McCarroll, The Ritz London
Lee Murdoch, The Turnberry Hotel
Mark Stinchcombe, Lucknam Park Hotel
Adam Smith, The Ritz London
Hyun You Im
, Roux Fine Dining

IN PASTRYHelen Doyle, Café 21
Christine Peace, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Richard Phillips, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Daniel Pierce, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Arnaud Souchet, Pennyhill Park Hotel

Moreila Amaral Ramos
, The Westbury Hotel
Chris Bakowski, Le Pont de la Tour
Matthew Balman, Gidleigh Park
William Bonfield, La Trompette
Guillaume Cambounet, The Cinnamon Club
Rosario Cappiello, The Ritz, London
Nicolas Digard, The Cinnamon Club
Iris Glock, The Gleneagles Hotel
Devid Isabella, The Ritz London
Madlen Kleditzsch, The Gleneagles Hotel
Jean-Marie Messaoud, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Fergus Muirhead, The Turnberry Hotel
Roy Ng, Bistro 21
Peter Oborko, The Westbury Hotel
Pierre Rizet-Mosser, The Waterside Inn
Andrew Roberts, The Manor House Hotel
Lucia Venere, Le Gavroche
Katie Watson, The Gleneagles Hotel

The Annual Awards of Excellence 2010 are sponsored by the National Skills Academy for Hospitality, City & Guilds, the Savoy Educational Trust, John Lewis, Maldon Salt, G.H.Mumm Champagne, Allens of Mayfair and the Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

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By Janie Stamford

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