The Grimsby Institute hosted the 2016 final of the prestigious Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition. The event, founded by the Institute and local businesses including the Brackenborough Arms has now been running for over seventeen years and boasts former judges such as Jean-Christophe Novelli, Tom Aikens and Mitch Tonks.
Highly regarded across the seafood industry for the valuable experience it gives to contestants, 2016’s panel was made up of TV Chef, author and restaurateur Cyrus Todiwala, celebrity barbeque chef, Ben Bartlett, private chef and food consultant, Franck Pontais, and Nikki Hawkins, events manager at Seafish.
The final saw nine teams compete for the coveted top four places with the overall winners taking home prizes including £500 for each team member, a Thermomix TM31 food processor and a £1,000 voucher for to spend on Russums catering equipment.
The winners were announced at the prize giving ceremony with fourth place going to Kendall College, coming in third were the students from West College, Scotland, second place was awarded to Westminster College, boys team and first place was awarded to Westminster College, girls team.
Finalists were also presented with a signed copy of Cyrus Todiwal’s newest book. Cyrus, who personlised each book, said:
“It has been a great day in Grimsby judging Young Seafood Chef of the Year, it was amazing to see such dedicated students from across The British Isles displaying an unexpected level of skill, tenacity and concentration to achieve some very fabulous results.”
The competition prides itself on use and the promotion of sustainable seafood and this year was supported by leading brands and organisations including Seafish, Young’s, Thermomix, Russums, The Brackenborough Arms, and Royal Greenland.