Essex Life - - FOOD & DRINK -

Judges: Ju­lian Read, Paul Wendholt and Archie Clark judged this award dur­ing a live cook off held at Braxted Park Cook­ery School

Spon­sored by: All­staff Em­ploy­ment High Com­mended: Richard Cut­ting - The Chop­house Brain­tree

High Com­mended: Joshua Tay­lor – Orsett Hall Ho­tel, Orsett

Win­ner: Andi Walker – Andi Walker @ the River­side Inn, Chelms­ford

What the judges said:

This was a hotly con­tested award, with seven chefs pre­sent­ing a menu of dishes, all cooked and pre­sented on the same day at Braxted Park Cook­ery School. While there were fine mar­gins be­tween each of the fan­tas­tic en­trants, it was Andi’s main course that set his menu apart and ul­ti­mately it was a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion by the judges to se­lect him as the Chef of the Year.

What the win­ner said:

It means the world re­ally! It’s a re­sult of all the hard work over the years. It’s nice to win some­thing as well for all of the peo­ple who have sup­ported me over the years, like my fam­ily. It puts us on the map. Peo­ple will want to come and hope­fully try the food and hope­fully business wise it will give us a boost. There is so much tough com­pe­ti­tion, you’ve got to take the op­por­tu­ni­ties when they come.

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