Matt Davies, group executive chef of the Lewis Partnership, is set to become the next chairman of the British Culinary Federation (BCF).
Davies, who is currently vice-chairman, will take over the new role from Jim Eaves in April this year.
He is a former winner of Louis Cipolla Chef of the Year Award and has he was "humbled and elated to be bestowed with such a respected position" and vows to continue the hard work of the Federation in promoting culinary skills throughout the industry.
He added: "A huge amount has been achieved over the last decade. The BCF is well established with a strong foundation, a very successful Youth Academy, three very popular competitions in Chef of the Year, Young Chef of the Year and Student Cook & Serve Team Challenge. The country is represented by England's National Culinary Team, both at senior and junior level, with proven success in many competitions both in the UK and around the world.
"All this is achievable through the commitment and support from the industry. I am very much looking forward to the challenges and objectives that lie ahead and helping to keep the BCF in the forefront of the industry. The UK has a rich supply of exceptionally talented chefs and through the diligence of the Federation it is hoped that these skills will continue to improve and flourish."
Davies has worked for Staffordshire-based the Lewis Partnership for over 17 years and oversees the operations of five kitchens including the Orangery restaurant at the Moat House, Acton Trussell; the Brasserie at the Swan hotel, Stafford; the Dog and Doublet Inn in the Red Lion, Bradley; and the Bear Grill in Stafford.
He started his career as a stagiaire in 1984 at the Savoy in London, prior to spending eight years for chef-restaurateur Andreas Antona, who is now chef-owner of the Michelin-starred Simpsons in Birmingham.
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