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British Culinary Federation Awards Simpsons Restaurant Chef, Young Chef of the Year

Kristian Curtis of Simpsons Restaurant Birmingham

Kristian Curtis of Simpsons Restaurant Birmingham

British Culinary Federation Awards Simpsons Restaurant Chef, Young Chef of the Year

Midlands Culinary success was achieved once again this week with Kristian Curtis, junior Chef de Partie  of Simpsons Restaurant, Birmingham who won this year’s British Culinary Federation Young Chef of the Year 2011. Kristian who is 21, and has been at Simpsons for a little over 3 years was delighted with his award “I was honoured to be entered into such a prestigious competition, with so many top chefs, and to win it was a real shock”.

The competition which pitches 15 of the UK’s top young chefs against each other at Birmingham’s University College, in a competition that lasts for 2 hours ‘from prep to plate’  requires them to create a 3 course meal, for two, using core ingredients pre-determined by the judges, including an ‘under-utilised sustainable fish’, and a British Pork dish.

Chefs had a max of two hours to cook and present the dishes. Kristian commented ‘we don’t get much time to practice, and of course we still need to work in the restaurant day to day, but the team at Simpsons have been very supportive, including Matt Cheal who won the junior award in 2002, and this year won the Senior Chef competition, so I was under extra pressure to perform’

Kristian’s award winning menu consisted of:

Fillet of Zander, ceps, celeriac, baby gem lettuce, cep veloute
Roast fillet of Lincolnshire Pork, black pudding bon-bon, butternut squash, chestnuts, dried fruits, brussel sprouts, sage and caper jus
Chai tea pannacotta, mango compote, coconut sorbet

Judges included Glynn Purnell of Birmingham’s Purnell’s Restaurant; Jason Eaves of the newly opened Asquith in Birmingham; Jerry Toth, Sundial Group; Eric Bruce, Restaurant Severn, Ironbridge; and Colin Layfield, Paramount, London.
Kristian joins an impressive pedigree of chefs who won this prestigious award and who originated from Andreas Antona’s Simpsons Restaurant, which boasts past winners still in the Simpsons brigade, include Helen Evans who heads up the Cookery School and Matt Cheal who is also the current holder of the Senior chef of the year Award.

Close second was Aaron Darnley of Edmunds Restaurant in Birmingham, Chef Patron Andy Waters commented “We are really proud of Aaron, he worked very hard for this award and we are delighted for him to achieve such a high accreditation in such a demanding competition, once again supporting the culinary success of Birmingham’s young chefs.”

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Andy Waters Chef Patron of Edmunds Restaurant, BCF Runner up Aaron Darnley

Andy Waters Chef Patron of Edmunds Restaurant, BCF Runner up Aaron Darnley

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