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Amadeus Chef wins Wing Yip Young Chef of the Year Award

Leading event, hospitality and retail caterer Amadeus, has been celebrating after one of its Chefs at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham picked up third prize at the national Wing Yip Young Chef of the Year Awards on Friday.

The prestigious awards are sponsored by Wing Yip and held at University College Birmingham. The competition was judged in two stages: a paper-based entry for the first round, followed by a competitive cook-off with high profile judges. The winners were then announced at the official awards dinner at the University College Birmingham.

Joshua, 19, competed against the very best young chefs in the country to win his award. There were 16 chefs in the final cook off with many of them working in Michelin star restaurants. Michelin starred Chef Glynn Purnell was one of the three judges and was very impressed with Joshua’s menu and skills, he said it was a very close competition with just a couple of points between the top three young Chefs.

Joshua’s winning menu
Starter: Tempura salt & pepper pork belly & black sesame panko crusted Weymouth crab / pickled garden / nashi pear ketchup / peanut curried sand
Main course: Green tea steamed halibut/ stir fried rock samphire / soy bean paste / chicken & black fungus reduction

19 year old Joshua joined the ICC straight from college and works under Executive Head Chef Simon Hellier and Head Chef Aidan Callaghan, who guided him in the development of his menu for the competition. At the ICC Simon operates a buddying scheme, pairing young Chefs with more senior Chefs so they have the opportunity to learn and develop new skills. Simon also believes entering competitions is important to help them gain experience, motivate them and give them a benchmark to aim for. Simon and his team pride themselves on offering five star restaurant quality food and service to international audiences.

Amadeus’ Executive Head Chef for the ICC, Simon Hellier said: “At the ICC we regularly develop menus featuring international cuisine from around the world so I decided to showcase some of these skills and enter Joshua into this prestigious national competition. I am so proud of Joshua for achieving third prize in such a major cook off with some of the very best young Chefs in the country. This award reflects the high quality and diverse nature of the food we offer at the ICC to the thousands of delegates we cater for every week. These awards are sponsored by Wing Yip and held at University College Birmingham – it is great to have national competitions like this one on our doorstep and I welcome the opportunity to raise the profile of some of our talented young Chefs.”

Joshua Anderson said: “I am absolutely delighted to have picked up third prize in this high profile national competition. There were some top chefs from around the country competing and to be in the cook off with them and be awarded third place overall is a huge achievement. I really enjoyed working on the menu development and executing it on the day. I am already thinking about what I can create for the competition next year!”

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