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Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre hosts prestigious industry awards dinner

The annual Conference Centres of Excellence Awards: Chef’s Challenge culminated in a prestigious awards dinner on Saturday 24 October in the stunning setting of the newly refurbished Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre. 

Now in its seventeenth year, the culinary challenge showcases the excellence of food in conference centres and aims to stimulate interaction and skills sharing between chefs.  This year, the contest took on a new shape, with two-person teams consisting of a chef and waiter or waitress competing, known as a “Cook and Serve” competition in the industry.  Competing chefs prepared a three-course meal suitable for a banquet for 40 people which was then served by their team mate, all within the allocated time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

Contestants were marked according to their food, but also napkin folding, cocktail making and wine recommendations.  Whilst it is a hard-fought competition, the relationships that are developed between the competing chefs and waiting staff are invaluable for fostering best practice in the industry.  

The challenge culminated in an awards dinner which brings together the chefs and waiters with General Managers and Principals from competing venues for a fabulous evening.  

“This year’s contest was the biggest ever, and we were delighted with the standards of food and service,” explains Alan Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Conference Centres of Excellence.  “Our members provide exceptional venues for meetings and events and this culinary challenge demonstrates the quality dining experience they also have on offer.”  

Paul Mott and Nicholas Harry from Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes were announced as overall winners at this year’s awards.

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