October 2017

Student Elliot makes BCF Young Chef of the Year final

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FdA Professional Cookery student Elliot Lawn has been named a finalist of the British Culinary Federation Young Chef of the Year competition.

Sixteen young chefs have landed a sought-after place at the final, which takes place on 6 November at University College Birmingham. Elliot joins a staggering line-up of competitors from prestigious restaurants all over the UK, boasting nine Michelin stars between them.

Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, the awards are a chance for rising talent in the industry to gain national recognition. Elliot will have two hours to produce a three-course meal showcasing the best of British produce, with one dish that must include fish or shellfish. The menu has been designed independently by Elliot with a little guidance from chef lecturer Mathew Shropshall.  

“It’s been an honour to support Elliot in a competition that brings together the best young chefs in the UK,” said Mat, who is also mentoring the student on this year’s junior team for the Culinary World Cup.

“As a student competing alongside industry professionals, it’s a pleasure to see him rise to the challenge. His menu is well-styled, well-balanced and full of his own personal touches.”

Elliot said he was “shocked and surprised” to have made it to the final, but more than confident about the quality of his menu.

“We’ll have to see what happens on the day,” he added, “but from the work I’ve put in so far, I feel ready to perform the best I possibly can.”

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