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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.