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Simon Hulstone to cook for the UK in 50th Escoffier Challenge

27 October 2009 by
Simon Hulstone to cook for the UK in 50th Escoffier Challenge

Simon Hulstone, chef proprietor of the Michelin-starred Elephant in Torquay and Ivo Galvao Filho, student at Le Cordon Bleu, have won the battle to represent the UK at the 50th International Escoffier Challenge next year.

The pair will represent the UK in the respective professional and student categories at the Escoffier international final to be held in Nice in February 2010 after winning a four-hour final at Hammersmith College last week.

Finalists were required to cook a traditional Auguste Escoffier starter of artichoke filled with mushroom duxelle, poached duck, sauce choron and mushroom fumet, before cooking a dish of their choice using chicken and four garnishes.

The final, organised by the Association Culinaire Francaise and The Ritz ‘s head chef Philippe Vandewalle, was judged by a panel of 12 chefs, including Pascal Aussignac and Jean Denis Le Bras.

Hulstone has been a regular on the competition circuit in recent years, including a victory at the prestigious Knorr National Chef of the Year competition last year.

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By Daniel Thomas

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