Mathew Cheal, chef at Simpson's restaurant in Edgbaston, has won the British Culinary Federation's (BCF) Chef of the Year 2010 competition after wowing judges at a live final at Hotelympia on Monday.
Cheal beat nine other finalists at the two hour final in the Live Theatre at London's ExCel by coming up with a winning three-course meal featuring a saddle of English lamb from sponsor Aubrey Allen.
As well as the title, Cheal wins a cheque for £2,500. Second place finalist Kevin Sutherland of Baxter Storey, London and third place finalist Stephanie Moon of Leeds City College won £500 and £250 respectively.
Idris Caldora, chairman of the judges, who included chefs Pierre Koffman, Kevin Viner, Glynn Purnell and Nick Vadis, said: "The standard surpassed the semi finals, the quality of work, finish, attention to detail and flavours really came through. Well done to them all for delivering the standard."