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Wing Yip Young Chef of the Year 2015 announced

18 February 2015 by
Wing Yip Young Chef of the Year 2015 announced

The Wing Yip Young Chef of the Year 2015 has been named as 22-year-old Gemma Field.

This is the oriental grocer's third annual Young Chef competition, which is open to applicants aged 18 to 25 who are studying or employed in the catering industry.

Field was chosen over 15 other finalists following a competitive cook-off. Contestants were required to prepare a starter and main from their original oriental-themed menus.

Judges included the president of the British Culinary Federation Peter Griffiths, Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell and 2013 MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen.

As winner, Field receives a culinary trip to Hong Kong, which will include work experience at Michelin-starred restaurants.

Field is currently employed as a pastry chef for Amadeus, the NEC Group's award-winning in-house catering division at the International Convention Centre Birmingham (ICC). Under executive head chef Simon Hellier the ICC catering team serve 300,000 delegates each year.

Field said: "My role at the ICC is really varied. Simon encourages us to try new things and I love having the opportunity to be innovative and introduce new dishes. Hopefully, I will learn lots of new skills and recipes in Hong Kong that I can try out when I return. I have learned so much during my time working there, so it would be good to give something back."

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