Thomas Spencerly from Swinton Park, Masham, Yorkshire, has been named the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Chef of the Year 2010.
Now in its 34th year, the competition, which is sponsored by Gaggenau, is open to contestants aged under 27 and aims to recognise and promote young talent within the industry.
The finalists were asked to create a three-course meal for four from a basket of mystery ingredients. 20-year-old Spencerly's winning menu consisted of pan-seared trout with lemon-marinated asparagus and courgette; black pudding stuffed loin of pork with pea purée, fondant potatoes and a red wine jus; and a vanilla-infused panna cotta with lemon, lime and ginger jam.
As the winner he will go on to represent the UK at the Young Chef international finals in Helsinki, in September.
Dale Chamberlain from Lainston House, Winchester, and Daniel Morgan from Latymers at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey, came in second and third places respectively.
Head judge Anthony Marshall, executive chef of the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel, said: "It was extremely difficult to choose a winner and came down to a matter of two or three points between contestants. The standard was incredibly high for such young chefs."
By Kerstin Kühn
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