Craft Guild of Chefs announces 2022 Graduate Awards semi-finalists

18 May 2022 by
Craft Guild of Chefs announces 2022 Graduate Awards semi-finalists

The Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards are to be held next month, with 37 candidates in the running.

Competing chefs come from a range of backgrounds, including the Dorchester and InterContinental London Park Lane hotels in the capital, the Newt in Somerset, and Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire.

The awards give chefs the opportunity to improve their culinary skills while building a strong network of industry peers.

Previous winners have progressed to young and senior National Chef of the Year competitions.

Westminster Kingsway College has created a series of mentoring videos to prepare the participants, all of whom are under the age of 25.

Semi-finals will be held at West Herts College, Watford and Sheffield College.

The chefs taking part in the Sheffield semi-final are:

  • Brandon William Stokoe, Jesmond Dene House hotel

  • Billy Etheridge, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

  • Carlos Patrick Lopez Sexton, Jesmond Dene House hotel

  • Chloe Williamson, Prestwold Hall

  • Jack Baldwin, the Staveley Arms

  • Matthew Gallagher, New Hall Hotel & Spa

  • Megan Beale, Dumbleton Hall Hotel

  • Michael Jones, Grantley Hall, Fletchers Restaurant

  • Miltan Masha, the Monarch Theatre

  • Samantha Watkins, Sapori

  • Sam Dixon, Northcote Hotel

  • Thomas Finn, Coworth Park

The chefs competing in the London semi-final are:

  • Alex Doyle, Marcus Belgravia

  • Benjamin Mabley, Hartwell House Hotel & Spa

  • Callum Davison, Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa

  • Cameron Jones, the Waterside Inn

  • Cloe Walsh, Snaffles Restaurant, Castle Leslie Estate

  • Gabriella Mosca, Norton Rose Fulbright

  • Harry Donnelly, the RAF Club

  • Joshua Sealey, Fallow

  • Jonathan Smith, Gravetye Manor

  • Kenny Markham, the Falcon, Castle Ashby

  • Liam Balmer, Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa

  • Maisie Brown, the Newt in Somerset

  • Toby Whitehead, Coworth Park

The chefs competing in the next round of the Pastry Graduate Award are:

  • Ana Catarina Nogueira De Melo, Intercontinental Park Lane

  • Catherine Glover, Pettigrew Bakeries

  • Daniel James Scriven, Pillars Restaurant

  • Danielle Rose Valerio, Pillars Restaurant

  • Destiny Kodheli, University of West London

  • Hoi Yan Tam, Brown's Hotel

  • James Pache, Pillars Restaurant

  • Katrina Atienza, University of West London

  • Liberty Noke, Monkey Island Estate

  • Max Gaitskell, Pillars Restaurant

  • Miles Slater, Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa

  • Sanjam Nagpal, the Dorchester

Steve Munkley, founder of the Graduate Awards and vice-president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, said: "Having just come back from an incredible Graduate Awards prize trip to Lyon with Grande Cuisine, I've seen first hand the impact that achieving this award can have on a young chef. As well as the mentor experience which all finalists will enjoy, there are some incredible prizes on offer this year too.

"I'd encourage all those who have made the semi-final stage to practise and study as much as possible. The chefs who have the most success in the Graduate Awards are those who put the work in, the ones who are hungry to achieve the pass mark and are determined to showcase their skills.

"Use the next few weeks wisely and grab this opportunity you've been given with both hands."

The Craft Guild of Chefs is the UK's largest chef's association, with members working globally across foodservice and hospitality.

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