Chef of the year 2013 18/11/2013

Tim is our Chef of the Year for 2013

Tim Bygrave has been crowned the Catermasters Chef of the Year for 2013 after winning a closely fought final cook-off in London last week.

Tim went up against fellow chefs Sam Morgan, David Naylor and Gary Fish for the coveted Chef of the Year title. The cook-off was held at Brakes' Food Innovation Centre in Covent Garden, London. The competition was supported by Brakes Group, Aubrey Allen, M&J Seafood, Simpsons Restaurant, Wild Harvest, Chef's Connection, Caterers Linen and Jacksons.

Each chef had 90 minutes to cook a two-course fine dining meal using the contents of a mystery ingredients box. The dishes were judged by Michelin-starred chef Luke Tipping from Simpsons Restaurant in Edgbaston, Birmingham, Brakes' head of development chefs team Mark Irish and Catermasters director Richard Moody.

The judges took close to an hour to pick a winner after tasting all of the dishes and it was Tim's Pan-seared scallops with butternut squash puree, pancetta, caramelised heritage beetroot and girolles, followed by a chocolate cylinder with salted caramel, caramelised pear, blackberry and toasted pistachio that won the day.

Tim, the 29-year-old chef manager at our University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Institute site, said: "I'm pretty surprised to win. Things could have gone a little bit better in the kitchen but I guess my decision to keep things simple and cook within the season ticked some boxes with the judges."

Michelin-starred judge, Luke Tipping, praised the standard of cooking on the day. "All of the chefs cooked and worked very well in a tense situation," he said. "I hope today's competition goes some way towards dispelling some of the myths that surround the workplace catering industry.

"A competition like this highlights the fantastic skills that some of the chefs in the workplace industry have and that the standard of food they produce is fantastic. I also applaud Catermasters for organising a competition like this because it's a great way for chefs to develop and test their skills."

Our very own Richard Moody was particularly impressed with the skills that his chefs displayed during the final. He said: "We've seen a outstanding standard of cooking today and I think that shows just have much quality we have at Catermasters. We are very proud of our company motto 'food is everything' and I think that shone through during this competition.

"I'd like to thank all of the suppliers that helped to make our Chef of the Year competition possible this year and also our Catermasters organising team of Nathan Franks, Ryan Holmes and Clive Jones for putting on an event that will really stick in the memory."

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