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The first ever female winner of National Young Chef of the Year, 22 year old Ruth Hansom has agreed to become Chef Patron for the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE). She joins fellow chef, Adam Handling as well as patrons Chris Sheppardson (Chess Partnership), Marc Verstringhe (MESV Consultancy Int), Wendy Bartlett (bartlett mitchell), Jane Sunley (Purple Cubed), Rosemary Osbourne MBE, Alistair Storey (BaxterStorey), Chris Bray (Sodexo Prestige).
Over the last few years, ACE has been focussed on getting more young people in the industry more involved in networking. As well as the ACE Robyns Award in July, up and coming young team members have been invited to events such as the Charity Dinner, and ACEâ€™s chef competition, Ready Steady Cook event now has a special award for promising chefs under the age of 25. ACE has seen a significant increase in numbers attending the events, perhaps due to the interest from the next generation.
Ruth has agreed to be a judge at Ready Steady Cook in September:
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to getting involved with Ready Steady Cook. Iâ€™m hoping younger judges will help put some of the younger contestants at ease. It can be quite daunting being judged by experienced, senior chefs, especially if youâ€™re testing out modern interpretations and new flavour combinations.â€
Ruth is also keen to introduce younger people in the industry to the benefits of good food and wine, and already has some ideas about events for the younger generation such as informal pairing evenings with small plates and complementary wines, rather than the formality of a dinner.
ACE Chair, Gaye Bullard said:
â€œWeâ€™re delighted to welcome Ruth as a patron and judge. She has clearly got ambition and drive and Iâ€™m sure sheâ€™ll bring a fresh new perspective to our mission to make networking appealing to young people.â€
Keep up-to-date with the latest announcements at www.acegb.org and by following @acegborg on Twitter.
Editorâ€™s notes about Ruth Hansom
* Master Chefs of Great Britain Young Chef of the Year (1st in 2013 and 2014)
* Craft Guild of Chefs National Young Chef of the Year (2nd in 2013)
* Craft Guild Graduate Awards (received)
* World Skills UK (Gold 2012 and Team UK)
* European Championships World Skills - Bronze
* Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence 2016
* Craft Guild of Chefs Young Chef of the Year (1st in 2016/17)
* World Finals Abu Dhabi World Skills 2017 - Medallion of Excellence
â€œI received the Apprentice Chef Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards in 2013 and Craft Guild Rising Star in 2014 as well as the Royal Academy Michael Bourdin Scholarship in 2017.
I love to raise money for Springboard, a charity that helped me so much at the beginning of my career and who continue to support me. In September I cycled from London to Paris and throughout the year I am auctioned to do cooking at home events with all proceeds going to them.
My latest project to date is my own restaurant with business partner, Emily Lambert. We plan to open in August of this year. The details I canâ€™t go into too much as it will appear on BBC2s Million Pound Menu at the beginning of May.â€