10 champions selected in battle for National Chef of the Year

Ben Champkin, L’Enclume

After four intensive heats, the Craft Guild of Chefs has today named the ten chefs who will battle for The National Chef of the Year title at The Restaurant Show in October. The names have been revealed after four tough heats involving 41 chef competitors and 20 judges.

Young National Chef of the Year 2013 winner and sous chef at L’Enclume, Ben Champkin (pictured) was announced as the first chef to make the NCOTY finals when he won the first heat in Sheffield.

David Davey-Smith, chef, from Royal Air Force Worthy Down won heat two which took place at Le Cordon Bleu Cookery School in London today. Winning the third heat was Karl O’Dell, senior sous chef from Petrus – Gordon Ramsay. The final heat was won by Thomas Westerland, sous chef from Lucknam Park.

Joining those four chefs in the semi-final are six runners-up who scored the highest points across all four heats. These are Dean Westcar, head chef at Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, Luke Selby, head chef at Dabbous, Simon Webb, head chef at Restaurant Associates, Kuba Winkowski, head chef at The Feathered Nest Inn, Will Holland, head chef at Coast Restaurant and Adam Thomason, head chef at Restaurant Associates – Deloitte.

Chair of judges for NCOTY and executive head chef at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, Gary Jones commented on the news: “Chefs should not underestimate what they have all achieved here today. This is the very best cooking competition in the UK and to be selected to be part of the semi-final is an honour. The energy, commitment and quality has been impressive from all our competitors and those that have reached the final really are at the top of their game.

“One thing we have worked hard to push as a competition is avoiding wastage and it’s something we’ve noticed that the chefs have focused on both at the paper entry stage and semi-finals. I would urge those that did not get through to use the experience as a positive and come back even stronger next year.”

Chefs selected for NCOTY

  1. Ben Champkin
  2. David Davey-Smith
  3. Karl O’Dell
  4. Thomas Westerland
  5. Dean Westcar
  6. Luke Selby
  7. Simon Webb
  8. Kuba Winkowski
  9. Will Holland
  10. Adam Thomason
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