Former Masterchef finalist wins Chef of the Year contest
Published:  10 April, 2014

2013 Masterchef finalist Adam Handling, has been crowned the British Culinary Federation’s (BCF) Chef of the Year 2014 at a special awards ceremony on Monday night (7 April).

Handling, currently head chef at the Caxton Grill at St Ermin’s Hotel, London, wowed the judging panel, which included: Alain Roux, Ashley Palmer Watts, Brian Turner, Simon Hulstone and Laurent Bouvier, President of Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises, along with Master of Culinary Arts (MCA) Roger Narbett, and winner of the 2012 competition Simon Webb.

The finals of the competition, sponsored by Aubrey Allen and Eblex, were held on 7 April at University College Birmingham, with the awards dinner taking place in its restaurant.

This year’s finalists had their butchery skills put to the test in the penultimate stage of the competition, while the final round saw them prepare a three-course meal, with the main course featuring one of the lamb cuts they prepared in the earlier butchery round.

The finalists were presented with two lamb primals – half a short fore on the bone and a short saddle – and given one hour to produce as many cuts as possible. They were awarded marks, accounting for 10% of their total score, for knife skills, innovation and creativity, maximising primal usage and overall appeal and presentation.