The newly refurbished Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre in Cambridgeshire played host to the annual Conference Centres of Excellence (CCE) Awards: Chef’s Challenge last week.
Now in its seventeenth year, the challenge is a showcase for the excellence of food in conference centres.
This year, the contest pitted two-person teams consisting of a chef and waiter or waitress competing in a ‘Cook and Serve’ competition. The challenge culminated in an awards dinner.
“This year’s contest was the biggest ever, and we were delighted with the standards of food and service,” said CCE executive officer Alan Robinson. “Our members provide exceptional venues for meetings and events and this culinary challenge demonstrates the quality dining experience they also have on offer.”
This year there were 15 separate awards up for grabs and Paul Mott and Nicholas Harry from Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes were announced as overall winners.
The Lensbury in Teddington’s executive head chef, Gerald Quadros, meanwhile, is one of 19 UK entrants to have won a place on the Master Innholders Hotel Management scholarship programme in Switzerland.
Quadros will take part in a two-week management development course at the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, along with 18 hotel managers from some of the most luxurious hotels in the UK.
“This is a fantastic honour for me to be accepted into the Innholders scholarship programme,” said Quadros.
Stuart Johnson, general manager of Brown’s hotel and chairman of the scholarship selection panel, said: “The high quality of the submissions this year made the selection panel’s task extremely difficult. It is against this backdrop that we were delighted to be in a position to provide so many scholarships, and we congratulate all those who have been selected to receive this prestigious award.”
Alumni go on to join St Julian Scholars and are encouraged to mentor others and share their professional knowledge, for the benefit of the industry at large.