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Young Chef Young Waiter regional finalists unveiled

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The regional finalists for this year’s Young Chef Young Waiter competition have been revealed.

The competition, run in association with luxury hotel group Von Essen, rewards the best young chef and young waiter aged 25 and under and is now in its 25th year.

It is organised by the Restaurant Association in partnership with HSBC, the Savoy Educational Trust and Sodexo.

Judges include Bruce Poole, chef proprietor of the Michelin-starred Chez Bruce, as the chair of the chef judges, and Stephen Mannock, programme director at the National Skills Academy for Hospitality, as the chair of the waiter judges.

The regional finalists now go on to compete at one of four regional heats.

The chef heats will take place at Darlington College on 9 September; and Thames Valley University on 16 September; while the waiter heats will be hosted by sponsor Von Essen’s Seaham Hall in County Durham on 10 September; and Cliveden in Berkshire on 17 September.

The regional winners will then go forward to compete in the final at London’s Westminster Kingsway University in October.


The Young Chef regional finalists are:

Liam Finnegan, The Bath Priory
Rose Greene, Le Champignon Sauvage
Amy Heward, Winteringham Fields
Lahiru Jayasekara, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
Jonas Lodge, London Road Restaurant
Daniel Miles, Lucknam Park
Sally Shawarby, Damson
Andrew Stanwix, Manor House Hotel
Mark Stinchcombe, Lucknam Park
Ciaran Sweeney, Le Champignon Sauvage
Daniel Taylor, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
Jenny Thoden , The Church Green
Lee Brandon, The Ritz
Shaun Dickens, L’Ortolan
Tristan Farmer, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s
Nicholas Hill, The Ledbury
Ben Jacob, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s
Andrew McFadden, Pied à Terre
Lewis Rowe, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s
Erik Scheffler, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Tom Sellers, Trinity Restaurant
Ben Spalding, L’Autre Pied
Eliza Thomas, Jackson Gilmour
Sally Webster, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s


The Young Waiter finalists are:

Daniel Campbell, Number One Restaurant
Thomas Garlick, The Highwayman Inn
Catherine Hudson, The Longridge Restaurant
Guillaume Kerherve, Cliveden House Hotel
Mario Kraxner, The Devonshire Arms
Karen Metcalfe, The General Tarleton
Mayta Meza-Cumpa, Hotel du Vin Birmingham
Harald Prock, Mosimann’s Dining Club
Matthew Randall, The Fairmount St Andrews
Stephanie Ronssin, Le Champignon Sauvage
Peter Saunders, Northcote Manor
Franz Zimmerman, The Greenway Hotel
Chris Aspinall, Skylon
Matthew Balman, Gidliegh Park
Patrick Boisseau, Ambassade de L’ile
Andrew Cleary, The Ritz Hotel
Ludivine Common, The Goring Hotel
Sarah Cooper, The Ledbury
Julie Doig, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s
Davide Durante, The Ritz Hotel
Marco Fusato, The Ritz Hotel
Elizabeth Lanzl, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s
Fiachra Martin, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hyde Park
Peter Welling, Shrigley Hall Hotel


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By Kerstin Kühn


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