ACE Ready Steady Cook

Date: Thursday 26th September 2019
Venue: East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf

The Association of Catering Excellence’s annual Ready Steady Cook competition will be held on Thursday 26th September at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, London. Launched in 1998, the competition has now been going for 21 years.

As well as the overall winners, ACE continues to encourage up and coming young talent in the foodservice sector with the Young Chef Award. Each team included a chef aged 26 or under, many of whom were apprentices.

Overall competition winners last year were Lewis Linley and Gemma Vardon from Vacherin with a winning menu of roast pigeon, pancetta, sweet potato, broccoli cous cous, pickled blackberries, and sweet potato crisps followed by a dessert of almond financier, orange, roast fig and honey and yoghurt espuma, almond crumb.

The Young Chef Award was won by 20-year-old Felicia Amofah from Blue Apple. She has been with the company for 7 months, having been encouraged to cook by her dad (a chef manager).

The teams of two have just thirty minutes to plan and prepare a main course and dessert in front of a live audience of over 250. The ingredients will be revealed to them half an hour before, so quick thinking and planning was essential in order to submit their competition menu.

Competing from across the foodservice industry in 2019 are BaxterStorey, Blue Apple, CH&Co, Gather & Gather, Genuine Dining Company, Graysons, Green and Fortune, HIT, Holroyd Howe, ISS Food & Hospitality, Lexington, Sodexo, Restaurant Associates, and Vacherin.

Leftover food ingredients will be distributed by City Harvest to organisations that help homeless people in London.

Our photographer captured the excitement of the event brilliantly! Have a look at the gallery here – you may recognise some of the faces…

Click here to view the 2018 photos.

Click here to view the 2018 video highlights.

Click here to view a video featuring our chosen charity The Wiggly Worm.

Our Event Main Sponsor

Collins King & Associates
Collins King & Associates An independently owned hospitality recruitment consultancy whose primary focus is the sourcing of high calibre and experienced management, culinary and support personnel to the hospitality industry.

Our Event Sponsors

Bewleys Founded in 1840, Bewley’s is Ireland’s leading coffee and tea company. We’ve been perfecting the craft of tea and coffee making for many generations, from our humble beginnings in a little shop in Dublin, Ireland.
British Premium Meats
British Premium Meats British Premium Meats travel the length and breadth of the country to source the very best products at a competitive price, and offer a great choice of meat products.
Wilcox Burchmore
Wilcox Burchmore WilcoxBurchmore design and install commercial kitchens, specialising in schools, and business & industry.
kff Working in partnership with our food suppliers kff regularly review their products to make sure they are the best in the market and available to you at competitive, sustainable prices.
4°C 4°C offers Caterers a range of Chilled products that is compact and complete - yet manages to offer choice. At competitive prices.
Bragard Bragard have been providing specialist professional clothing since 1933, with a vast collection of catering clothing.
Roller Grill
Roller Grill A global leader in catering equipment manufacture. All products are manufactured at one of two modern production facilities in France using quality European components so that you may be as proud of your Roller Grill equipment as we are.
CookTek CookTek brings professional kitchen equipment to a whole new level with advanced, efficient induction cooktops, countertop burners, food warmers and more.
Osolocal Covering England, Scotland and Wales with service from local suppliers who are small to medium size companies, and nearly all are family run and have been trading for years and years, some for more than 150.
Johnsons Stalbridge
Johnsons Stalbridge Stalbridge offer a high quality range of smart chefs wear, kitchen cloths, crisp white bed linen, fluffy towels and a range of elegant white and coloured table linen.
Nisbets Nisbets Catering equipment supplies for restaurants, hotels, bars and kitchens, professional chefs and caterers.
TWO Currently celebrating 30 years in the business, TWO provide expert kitchen, ductwork and ventilation cleaning, planned maintenance and emergency repairs.
Ceda Our members are specialists in design, projects and equipment for the foodservice, catering and hospitality industry.
Corney & Barrow
Corney & Barrow At over 230 years old, Corney & Barrow is one of the oldest independent wine merchants in the UK.
Nix & Kix
Nix & Kix Nix & Kix is a range of soft drinks with a unique ingredient – cayenne chilli. Chilli is our favourite spice. Aside from its health benefits and the amazing ‘kick’, it helps us create great-tasting drinks – without having to use refined sugar.
Belazu Since 1991, our quest has taken us over the Mediterranean basin – and we’re still hungry to find more.

The Fresh Olive Company started with two best friends, George and Adam, and a carload of Provencal olives on a ferry. We went on to forge a reputation in the food service industry, supplying an illustrious customer base including many Michelin-star restaurants.

We stopped calling ourselves the Fresh Olive Company because our relentless search for ingredients has revealed so much more than olives and olive oil. Now trading as The Belazu Ingredient Company, we offer a wide variety of innovative and traditional antipasti, grains, pastes and vinegars too.
Delicious Ideas
Delicious Ideas Clive, Jan, Emma & Jonathan Potter started Sweet Ideas in 1991, selling confectionery and snacks to local independents in Cambridgeshire. They launched their own confectionery branded packs in 1994.

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