Vacherin's Nick Smith crowned National Chef of the Year 2021

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Vacherin's Nick Smith crowned National Chef of the Year 2021

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Nick Smith, head chef at Vacherin London, has been crowned National Chef of the Year 2021.

Smith beat off competition from nine other chefs in the final of the prestigious cooking competition, in partnership with Knorr Professional, which was held today (30 September) as part of Hospitality Week.

He was also named winner in the Best Dessert category, sponsored by Valrhona.

Derek Johnstone, head chef at Borthwick Castle, near Edinburgh, was named runner up, his third top three ranking in as many years, with April-Lily Partridge placed in third, the highest-placed female finalist in the competition's 48-year history.

Smith served up a starter of Gilthead ‘gazpacho’ Heirloom tomato and cucumber, a main course of Romney Marsh lamb, roe ravigote, fennel, samphire and aster; and for dessert Sweet Eve strawberry split, clotted cream, lemon and mint.

Judges on the day were Paul Ainsworth, Clare Smyth, Claude Bosi, Graham Hornigold and former winners, Frederick Forster, Russell Bateman and Kuba Winkowski.

“Nick’s attention to detail when cooking and the passion he has shown throughout this competition has been incredible,” says chair of judges Ainsworth.

“You could see how much this title means to him and he is a really deserving winner.”

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