Craft Guild of Chefs wins four silver medals at Culinary World Cup

26 November 2010 by
Craft Guild of Chefs wins four silver medals at Culinary World Cup

The Craft Guild of Chefs' Culinary Academy]( has won four silver medals at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg.

The 10-strong team also picked up four bronze medals and two diplomas at the event.

Team manager Fergus Martin, who won a silver medal himself, said: "Although we didn't bag an elusive gold, which was fantastically difficult, we are immensely proud of our achievements and the fact we impressed such a tough judging panel, especially with the fierce competition we were faced with.

"I'm so incredibly proud of what the team achieved, but, more than anything, for the way they gelled and supported each other. It doesn't always work like this with chefs, who can be quite insular and focused on their own dishes, especially when everyone's at different stages of their career and are all doing individual entries. This really made for quite a special experience."

The Craft Guild's Culinary Academy, whose patrons are Brakes, Electrolux Professional, Essential Cuisine and Pritchitts, with chef's jackets supplied by Tibard, finally realised their dream after a six-month slog of preparation, with a de-brief by World Cup judges on the last day leaving the competitive arm of the Craft Guild of Chefs feeling positive about the future.

"We also learnt a few things; where, in the judges' opinion, we didn't display to the best possible advantage or get the glaze quite as good as it could be, which is all constructive and something we've taken with us," said Martin, executive chef at the Wyboston Lakes Conference and Training Centre.

"I think the whole team would agree it was a truly amazing experience and a real highlight in our careers."

Sunderland Marriott commis chef Jade Kilty (pictured left, with Christopher Basten), who is just 22, also got to experience the buzz of the biggest cook-off on the planet after being chosen to assist the team out in Luxembourg.

More than 2,000 chefs clamoured to impress a panel of scrupulous judges at this year's World Cup. Overall winners were Singapore in first place, followed by Sweden and the USA. In the military section, first place was taken by Sweden, then Switzerland and Germany.


Class A - Platter of Poultry and Game / 6 Appetisers
â- Fergus Martin, executive chef at Wyboston Lakes Conference & Training Centre - silver

Class B - five-course gourmet/three-course vegetarian â- Andy Wilcock, head chef at Cucina Restaurants Plc - silver
â- Steve Wylie, executive chef, LV Ascot - silver
â- Richard Bowden, executive chef - business and industry sector - bronze
â- Matt Edmonds, head chef at Mandeville Hotel, London - bronze
â- Bernie Engelhardt, head chef, Barclays Capital, Canary Wharf - bronze
â- Sophie Wright, professional chef and food writer - bronze
â- Wayne Harris, chef manager, Appleford School, Shrewton, near Salisbury - diploma
â- Allen Townsend, head chef at The Rose Bowl, Southampton - diploma

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