Hyun You Im and Daniel Inniss-Fitzhugh were among eight finalists aged under 23 required to score higher than 85 per cent in a final cooking exam held at Westminster Kingsway College, in order to become a CGC graduate.
Scoring 86 and 87 per cent respectively, You Im and Inniss-Fitzhugh were both awarded study tours to Luxembourg and a Scottish fish farm, with the Le Manoir chef also rewarded with a surprise educational trip for being the highest achiever.
CGC vice president and organiser Steve Munkley said standards at the awards were rising every year.
“It’s not about ticking boxes but showing all round great cooking skills and making the panel’s experience truly enjoyable,” he said. “The quality of Dan’s main dish using a mystery basket, in particular, was fantastic. He cooked wild sea bass with a butternut squash puree to absolute perfection, showing great understanding. Hyun’s highlight had to be her banana flan and she ran away with the marks, scoring 29 out of 30 for her final dish.”
The CGC awards were launched in 2003 to recognise young working chefs’ culinary experience by testing them through a series of challenges based in a high-pressured environment.
Watch the video from the finals here