Grimsby Institute Hospitality Team wins National Award for Excellence

Congratulations are in order for the Grimsby Institute’s Hospitality Department. The team recently received a special achievement award from the Craft Guild of Chefs in recognition of the outstanding work they have carried out in regards to the prestigious annual UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition.

The event, founded by the Grimsby Institute, has now been running for over seventeen years and boasts former judges such as Jean-Christophe Novelli, Tom Aikens, Mitch Tonks, Franck Pontais, Valentina Harris and Atul Kochhar. This year’s much anticipated final on the 10th June will be judged by TV Chef and proprietor of Café Spice Namaste – Cyrus Todiwala.

Heats for the competition will take place throughout the UK with the final taking place here in Grimsby and often receives entries from top catering colleges including Kendall, South Downs and University College Birmingham. Along with main sponsor Seafish, local firm Youngs Seafood provide all the fish and the Brackenborough Arms Hotel provide accommodation for the competitors and host a gala dinner. The event brings visitors from around the country cementing the Grimsby Institutes reputation as a leader in Hospitality and continuing Grimsby’s synonymy and heritage with the seafood industry.

Paul Robinson, Curriculum Manager, said: “The department were overjoyed at winning this award and being recognised by the Craft Guild of Chefs. The Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition is a very well established competition that we are proud to be part of, it’s become a calendar event within the academic year for colleges across the country.”