06 February 2015

Young Chefs Club England - BCF La Parade des Chefs Gold Medal & Best in Class

BCF Junior Team England - La Parade des Chefs Champions 2015!

The Hospitality Show is the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality show in the U.K. and consistently attracts an audience of nationwide senior decision makers, all eager to do business. The Hospitality Show is the must-attend event for any chef, hotelier, restaurateur, publican, café or deli owner looking for new products and ideas for their business. The show incorporates the British Cookery Championships which is one of the largest cookery contest of its kind, attracting teams of chefs from all over the United Kingdom.

Please find enclosed photo from the day.

The La Parade des Chefs is the renowned fine dining experience at the heart of The Hospitality Show. 2015 sees a brand new Junior Team Talent event. Teams of five juniors and one senior head chef operated a high spec kitchen and provided three-course meals for 100 covers during the show. The three course dining experience is run under competition rules. Under the guidance of Chef Mathew Shropshall the BCF Junior Team England Manager was successful in the paper judging round to gain only 1 of three places in the final beating every other college or University in the Country.

The team menu:
Pan-fried farmed halibut, crab ‘bon-bon’, pickled onion, radish and cucumber, Romanesco puree, seaweed crumb, dill velouté

Main Course
Peppered venison loin, pommes Anna, fennel and ginger, wilted greens, wild mushrooms, lamb’s sweetbreads, Port and rosemary jus

Valrhona orange chocolate mousse, orange jelly, blood orange sorbet, chocolate soil, crème anglaise, caramel wafer

The result Wednesday supports the great job everyone does at UCB in educating young chefs of tomorrow, also highlighting the standard in which the Grade 1 organisation teaches at!

The Team:
Junior Team England Manager Chef Mathew Shropshall
Junior Team England Chef Edward Marsh
Junior Team England Chef Jack Gameson
Chef Michael West
Junior Team England Chef Luke Duccia
Chef Anna Claringbull
Kitchen Porter/Chef Nathan Lane

The BCF Junior Team England Team competed against the Compass Group Culinary Team & U.K. Combined Services Junior Culinary Arts Team for the prestigious title and after feeding 100 covers took the title receiving Gold Medal and Best in Class award for the whole event.
Quote: Junior Team England Manager Chef Mathew Shropshall
"The five student chefs and 1 kitchen porter are an Inspiration to any young person looking for a career in the hospitality industry! I’m so proud to be involved and watch these talented chefs develop and move forward with their careers, it has been an honour to mentor them through the competition, being the first Chef lecturer to bring back to UCB gold Medal, Best in class at La Parade des chefs is very important and a real honour, all the students hard work paid off. The current BCF Young Chefs Academy is proving to support and develop young chefs of tomorrow!

Quote: Junior Team England Chef Jack Gameson, Former Savoy Trust Young Chefs Academy Student
"Amazing day, I learnt and experienced new skills, taking away some brilliant memories!"

This was a great achievement for Junior Team England being the highest award to date in a culinary competition, the next big competition will see the team compete in Eurfurt, Germany in 2016, before then is plenty of practicing.

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