Movenpick ice-cream has announced the six finalists of its annual Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year competition.
The Swiss ice-cream makers will hold a live cook-off with the finalists in London on 25 September, where one professional chef will be crowned the 2014 winner.
Ruth Hinks (pictured), UK chocolate master with over 25 years' experience in the industry, worked with judges Joe Lutrario, Shelia Eggleston and Julia Jones, head of marketing at Movenpick ice-cream, to determine the six finalists: Howing Lai (Café Royal Hotel, London), Biju Joshwa (London Marriott County Hall), Zac Dearden (Design House Restaurant, Halifax), Andrew Saupe (Combined Services Culinary Arts Team, Winchester), Paul O'Malley (Culcreuch Castle, Fintry, Scotland) and Louise Jayne Rigden (Royal Opera House - Company of Cooks).
Hinks described the entries as exciting and said: "For me, the recipes that shone were not only visually appealing, they showcased the entrant's ability to pair flavours, use their imagination and integrate Movenpick ice-cream."
The winner will receive a luxury two-day spa break in Edinburgh and a one-on-one chocolate course with Hinks at the Cocoa Black Chocolate & Pastry School in Peebles.