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IN PICS: Chefs from The Alchemist sprinkle their magic

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The Alchemist’s first ever national chef competition proved a roaring success this week, as teams from its UK restaurants descended on Birmingham to pit their kitchen wits against one another.

Chefs that normally staff its 20 sites took part in a series of challenges, including having to create a dish inspired by an alchemist cocktail.

Other rounds included ‘fastest omelette’ and ‘most impressive knife skills’, while the braver finalists among those participating took part in a chilli-eating competition.

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The Alchemist’s Canary Wharf branch was crowned the overall winning team after serving up a Filipino-inspired ‘Rellenong Bangus with steamed okra and baby aubergine in a spicy and sweetened bagoong’.

The competition was devised by culinary director Seamus O’Donnell, who originally planned to launch it before the pandemic.

He said it was worth the wait: “It was a momentous moment and opportunity to bring together our chefs from all levels to complete in our first national culinary competition in association with Lamb Weston. Our apprentices also battled it out throughout the day for some fantastic prizes, showcasing their rising talent.”

Mr O’Donnell added: “It was rewarding to give our chefs the freedom to create exciting and theatrical dishes for the ultimate prize of a trip to London to sample a 16-course secret tasting menu. Plus, bragging rights in our kitchens for the next 12 months!”

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