As part of the live competitions taking place at The Restaurant Show earlier this week, the Challenges, organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs, saw teams of chefs and waiters from Indian restaurants and gastropubs around the country cook a two-course meal of their choosing for VIP guests and judges.
After competing against teams from The Millbrook Inn in Southpool, Devon, The Crooked Billet in Henley-on-Thames, and The Plough in Wavendon, chef Adie Ware and waiter Adan Hill from The King William were crowned winners of the Gastropub Challenge.
Competing in the Indian Restaurant Challenge alongside Saffron Blue were teams from Andy Varma’s Vama, and Memsaheb in London. Despite arriving late to the competition, Saffron Blue’s performance was enough for judges Atul Kochhar, Cyrus Todiwala, Humayan Hussain, editor of Tandoori Magazine and CGC stalwart Matt Owens to award them the top prize.
Teams from both challenges were marked by both the judges and VIP diners on presentation, skill, hygiene, taste and balance of menus, team work, food, wine and customer service skills, and attitude.