The young chef team at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel have been crowned Britain's Best Brigade 2016.
The team, representing North West and Northern Ireland, edged out seven other UK regional teams in Essential Cuisine's nationwide search for the best brigade. After an initial paper judging stage, each team was tasked with creating a short video to encapsulate the sense of camaraderie, teamwork and cooking prowess within the kitchen walls, which was decided by a public vote.
United by a frequent diet of masterclasses, day trips to suppliers, food shows and 6am harbour side starts, the team put food at the forefront of their video, showcasing dishes from their menu cut with imagery taken from their many educational tours.
The hotel's executive chef Stuart Duff said: "We're extremely proud to have won the award for Britain's Best Brigade. We are all so passionate about what we do, so I'm thrilled the team have got the recognition they thoroughly deserve.
The win sees the team scoop the title plus £1,000 and an exclusive menu development masterclass with a leading UK chef.
Nigel Crane, managing director for Essential Cuisine, said: "Congratulations to the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Brigade - a canny mix of youth, skill, passion and expertise, capably guided by chef Stuart. It's obvious, both from their initial entry and subsequent winning video that education is something they hold in extremely high regard. They are a shining example to other teams and more than worthy winners."