Aiden Byrne announced as judge for UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year Competition Grand Final

Last year's winners from Essex College pictured with Jean-Christophe Novelli, one of last year's judges

The Grimsby Institute Group is delighted to announce that celebrity Chef, Aiden Byrne, the youngest ever Chef to receive a Michelin Star, has been confirmed as one of the judges for this year’s Grand Final of the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year Competition 2015 on Friday 12th June.

This year’s Final is once again being held at the Grimsby Institute’s Gallery Restaurant, with trainee Chefs from all across the UK competing in teams of two to be crowned this year’s champions.

Sponsors for this year’s competition include; Seafish, Young’s, Thermomix. Russums, Grimsby Fish Merchant’s Association Ltd, Billingsgate Market and The Fishmongers’ Company.

Aiden Byrne is a Restaurateur who has featured in a number of well-known television programmes including Masterchef and Restaurant Wars: The Battle for Manchester, a programme highlighting his journey to open a £3million restaurant in Manchester.

Aiden will join fellow judges, Nikki Hawkins – Foodservice and Events Manager for Seafish Industry Authority, Serge Nollent – Product Development Manager for Young’s and Franck Pontais – Private Chef and Food Consultant and one of the Grimsby Institute’s Business Professors, for the Final, where they will be judging 18 learners from 9 colleges. A special gala dinner is being held at the Brackenborough Hotel during the evening of Thursday 11th June for all competitors.

One of the returning judges, Franck Pontais, recently worked with Hospitality learners from the Grimsby Institute to prepare dishes from his popular Terrines & Verrines Recipe Book. Franck is looking forward to seeing what this year’s entries will cook up for the final. Franck said:

“The competition has developed over the past few years. There are now a lot of people involved, not just taking part but also those who organise it, I can see a lot of good inertia. What I mean by that is people who are wanting to move forward. I really love being involved.

“The competition pushes the limits of the learners. When you push your own limits your can see where your boundaries are. As an individual it is very important to find out what you are capable of. Of course it is very important to win, but even if you don’t win it is still very important to participate.”