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Supplier press release: Greater Manchester Young Chef of the Year 2013

22 April 2013
Supplier press release: Greater Manchester Young Chef of the Year 2013

A Chef de Partie from the Abode Hotel has fought off tough competition to become the Greater Manchester Young Chef of the Year 2013.

Taking part in the Heat at Manchester College, Fielden Campus on 17th April, Sam Palmer cooked his way to the final, and will now go on to represent his region in the North West Young Chef of the Year Competition 2013.

Despite two fire alarms taking place during the cook off (nothing to do with the competition) Sam cooked his way to the final with a Starter of Salad of Roasted Quail, Cherry Orchard Farm Asparagus, Cumbrian Air Dried Ham with New Season Morels.

His main course was Butter Roasted Fleetwood Cod with Garlic Puree, Fricassee of Peas, Broad Beans, New Season Onions, Crisp Goosnargh Chicken Wings and Jersey Royal Foam. He completed his menu with Lemongrass Crème Brulee, Strawberries and Strawberry Sorbet.

Following his win, Sam said he was "buzzing" with excitement, and was surprised to win, as he couldn't see how well the other competitors were doing.

When asked how he'll prepare for the Final in June, Sam said "I'll obviously make changes to my menu according to the season, what's available in June, but I'll also take on board the judges' comments and feedback, to try and include different cooking techniques without making it so complicated."

Sam was encouraged to enter by his Head Chef Robert Cox, and by a friend who had entered in previous years and thoroughly enjoyed and valued the experience.

Judges on the day were Chairman of Judges Brian Mellor, Managing Director of Essential Cuisine Nigel Crane, and Tim Bilton, Chef and Proprietor of The Butchers Arms in Hepworth, and also known for his appearance on Great British Menu.

Sam faced tough competition on the day from Mariusz Dobies from Kaleido Restaurant and Daniel Cunningham from Aubaine Restaurant, who all rose to the challenge and created great looking and tasting dishes.
Sam will go on to represent Greater Manchester at the Final on 13th June 2013 at Manchester College, in Didsbury.

Sam will go on to represent Greater Manchester at the Final on 13th June 2013 at Manchester College, in Didsbury.

*T**his press release was provided by Essential Cuisine*

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