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Craft Guild of Chefs announces National Chef of the Year semi-finalists

15 May 2012 by
Craft Guild of Chefs announces National Chef of the Year semi-finalists

The semi-finalists for the 2012 Craft Guild of Chefs' National Chef of the Year competition have been announced.

A total of 40 chefs have been selected through a paper judging process and will compete at four regional semi-final cook-offs held in Sheffield and London on 19 and 16 June respectively. Each semi-final will concentrate on a different type of cuisine. The categories include Asian and Oriental; modern British and European; and Rest of the World.

Only eight chefs will be selected to compete in the National Chef of the Year live final, which will take place at London's Restaurant Show on 9 October, where the judging panel will be headed up two-Michelin-starred chef-restaurateur Phil Howard and will include Mark Sargeant, Angela Hartnett, Tom Kerridge and Atul Kochhar.

David Mulcahy, organiser of the competition and vice-president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, said: "Even at this stage, it's a long road to the final. The calibre of entries seems to get stronger and stronger every year, and this year's semi-finals are going to be tough. On top of this, every stage of the competition features intense scrutiny by an experienced panel of chefs, this year led by Philip Howard as our 2012 chairman of judges."

The 2012 National Chef of the Year finalists are:

Ross Anderson, specialist instructional officer, Food Services Wing (Army)
Russell Bateman, head chef, Collette's
Craig Beacham, sous chef, the Elephant Restaurant
Ian Boden, food development chef, M&B
Alex Bond, sous chef, Auberge du Lac
Sam Bryant, head Chef, Strattons Hotel
David Bush, senior chef de partie, House of Commons
Micheal Dipple, sous chef, Cannizaro House
Neal Dove, executive head chef, the Assembly Room, Marlow
Paul Dunstane, chef, Restaurant Associates
Richard Edwards, head chef, the Park Restaurant at Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa
Glenn Evans, development chef, Reynolds Catering Supplies
Premila Fernando, junior sous chef, Barbecoa Restaurant
Justin Galea, executive chef, Turnberry Hotel
Maarten Geschwindt, winter garden head chef, Landmark Hotel London
Chris Golding, head chef, the Ampersand Hotel
Hayden Groves, executive chef, BaxterStorey
Anthony Hinds, junior sous chef, Stanneylands Hotel
John Howie, head chef, Sodexo Prestige
Imthiaz Kader, executive chef, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Selin Kiazim, head chef, Kopapa
Ashwani Kumar, head chef, Mango Lounge Restaurant
Paul Matthews, sous chef, Restaurant Associates
Joe McCafferty, sous chef, Roka Restaurant
Martin Nisbet, head chef, Angelus Restaurant
Robert Oberhoffer, chef-owner, The Dove Restaurant
Paul O'Malley, senior sous chef, Butchershop Bar & Grill
Andrew Scott, head chef, Mallory Court Hotel
Andrew Smith, senior sous chef, Thackerays
Lionel Strub, head chef, Mirabelle Restaurant
Zoltan Szabo, senior sous chef, Grand Central Hotel Glasgow
Wayne Thomson, chef-patron, No 9 Church Street
Dan Towell, head chef, Elior UK
Dez Turland, group development chef, Brend Hotels
Julian Tworek, senior sous chef, Hyatt Regency The Churchill Hotel
Ernst Van Zyl, head chef, Etrop Grange Hotel
Ben Williams, head chef, Read's Restaurant with rooms
Alyn Williams, chef-patron, Alyn Williams at the Westbury
Andrew Wong, chef, Bumbles Restaurant
Andy Wright, junior sous chef, Restaurant 23

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By Kerstin Kühn

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