Development Chef Awards 2014 shortlist announced

By Luke Nicholls

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The Development Chef Summit, sponsored by Farm Frites, will be held on 19 March at Westminster Kingsway College
The Development Chef Summit, sponsored by Farm Frites, will be held on 19 March at Westminster Kingsway College
The shortlist for the inaugural Development Chef Awards 2014, which recognises and rewards the best menus, dishes and multi-site chefs across the restaurant and pub sector, has been announced.

The awards, organised by our sister title Restaurant magazine, celebrate those heading up the food offering across a number of restaurants or pubs. The aim is to recognise and reward this important but often unsung part of the cheffing world.

Winners will be announced following the Development Chef Summit, sponsored by Farm Frites, which will be held on 19 March at Westminster Kingsway College.

“Our new awards will throw the spotlight on a hugely important but often unsung part of the industry,” said William Drew, group editor of Restaurant magazine and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. 

“The standard of cooking in the multiple restaurant and pub space has improved immeasurably in recent years and we’re excited to be able to highlight and reward the very best operators."

Best Restaurant Menu (3-20 sites)
  • The Stable
  • Le Bistrot Pierre
  • Bath Ales
  • Giggling Squid 
Best Restaurant Menu (21+ sites)
  • Brasserie Blanc
  • Ask Italian
  • La Tasca
  • Yo! Sushi.
Best Pub Menu (3-20 sites)
  • The Moleface Pub Co
  • The Lazy Cow Group
  • JW Lees
  • The Seafood Pub Company. 

As well as recognising innovative restaurant and pub groups, the Awards focus on individual chefs responsible for the food offer across a number of sites.

Group Chef of the Year: Restaurants
  •  Ajay Barak, Le Bistrot Pierre 
  • Graham Hornigold, Hakkasan 
  • Mike Lewis, Yo! Sushi 
  • Stuart Wilson, G1 Group.

Group Chef of the Year: Pubs

  • Sandra Leupold, Fuller’s
  • Harry Kodagoda, Anglian Country Inns 
  • Massimo Tebaldi, Renaissance Pubs
  • James Moyle-Rosser, Whiting & Hammond
Best New Dish
  • Strada
  • Cau
  • Feng Sushi
  • Peach Pubs 
Menu Innovation
  • Yo! Sushi
  • St Austell Brewery
  • La Tasca
  • The New Moon Pub Company  

In association with Callebaut and the Craft Guild of Chefs, the Development Chef Club will inform, inspire and promote greater interaction within the group chef community. The Development Chef Summit will bring chefs together with suppliers for demonstrations, forums and interactive presentations in a full-day programme followed by the early evening awards presentation.

To join the club, email Stephanie.danvers@wrbm.com or call 01293 610323. To enquire about partnership opportunities, email kathrin.leaver@wrbm.com or call 01293 610465.

To register your interest in attending the Development Chef Summit on 19 March, contact joanne.horton@wrbm.com.

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