Vacherin team wins ACE Ready Steady Cook challenge

30 September 2015 by
Vacherin team wins ACE Ready Steady Cook challenge

Vacherin chefs Steven Lickley and Paul Matthews took gold at the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) Ready Steady Cook challenge last week.

A total of 12 teams from across the foodservice sector competed for the title in front of a 200-strong audience at Imperial College London.

Their winning menu was pan-roasted lamb cannon, brown butter sweet potato, sweet and sour leeks, charred spring onion and feta crumb with a dessert of red wine poached plums, bitter chocolate, blackberry and lemon curd, and spiced yoghurt.

All competing teams were given a mystery bag of ingredients, 30 minutes to plan their menu and then just 30 minutes to cook on two induction hobs.

Judge Geoff Booth, from Westminster Kingsway College, added: "The chefs are treated horribly - they have no time, very limited facilities, and a lot of distractions, with a compere interrupting them and an audience quiz going on in the background. We're in awe of the talent at this event."

Each winning chef and their guest will enjoy a meal at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant in Bray. Second place went to Restaurant Associates while Brookwood took third.

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