Compass, the UK's largest contract caterer, has crowned Robert Dant as its chef of the year at an event held at the Restaurant Show in London.
Dant, from Christ Hospital School near Horsham, Sussex, impressed a judging panel including Jason Atherton, to beat nine other rivals to the title.
The winning chef's menu consisted of a starter of bream pan-fried in Macadamia oil with smoked haddock and potato brandade, braised fennel, sweet peppers, curried cauliflower, toasted Macadamia nuts and Macadamia nut milk.
His reward for winning the event, sponsored by the Southern African Macadamia Growers' Association, is a stage with Atherton at his new restaurant Pollen Street Social and a culinary trip to South Africa.
He will be joined by Compass junior chef of the year Jack Crow.
Nick Vadis, executive chef of Compass UK & Ireland, said: "This year's competition has been incredibly close with each chef producing food to be proud of."
By Chris Druce
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