University College Birmingham wins UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year Competition 2015

Winners from the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year UK 2015 pictured with this year's judges.

The Grimsby Institute Group is delighted to announce that Bozhidar Ivanov & Tim Jones from University College Birmingham have been named as the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year 2015 winners.

This year’s final was once again 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 included; Seafish, Young’s, Thermomix, Russums, Grimsby Fish Merchant’s Association Ltd, Billingsgate Market and The Fishmongers’ Company and Oakridge Hotels.

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.

Judges for this year’s competition were celebrity Chef, Aiden Byrne – the youngest ever Chef to receive a Michelin Star, 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.

Tim and Bozhidar, both learners from University College Birmingham, prepared three courses for the final including a main course of pan roasted cod over a chorizo and white bean cassoulet, served with a chorizo sauce.

Tim said: “This is the time we’ve ever taken part in something like this and the Regional Heat in Norwich was the first time we’ve ever competed together. We’ve had such amazing comments from the diners and the judges and it all means a great deal to both of us, we’re ecstatic to have done so well.”

“It’s always great to test and push yourself and every competitor who has taken part in this competition, whether it’s in the heats or the final, this is going to look fantastic on the CVs.”

Bozhidar added: “We have worked really hard to get to this point. The dishes have come a long way and we have spent a lot of time refining them. The results have been really good and it’s amazing to win. It will take a little while to sink in.”

Full list of winners for this year’s UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year Competition 2015 were:

Best Starter – University College Birmingham

Best Intermediate – South Essex College

Best Main – Grimsby Institute

1st Place – University College Birmingham

Bozhidar Ivanov & Tim Jones

2nd Place – Grimsby Institute

Bradlee Cullen & Niamh Fitzpatrick

3rd Place – South Essex College

Joseph Angell & Joshua Taylor

4th Place – Kendal College

Zak Sharpe &Bryn Stacey

Highly Commended Awards

West College Scotland

Anne Manson & Paul Caldwell

Selby College

Kurtus Auty & Max Bell

Croydon College

Elliot Kerscake & Frankie Dellaway

RFDC Campus Gloscol

William Wood & Jake Lusty

Coleg Llandrillo

Damian Farrell & Liam King