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Gavin Kellett of The Manor House, Godalming scoops Vegetarian Society’s Chef of the Future 2014

Gavin Kellett, Head Chef at The Manor House Conference Centre
Gavin Kellett, Head Chef at The Manor House Conference Centre, Godalming, has become the Chef of the Future 2014, winning a national competition organised by the Vegetarian Society’s renowned cookery school, the Cordon Vert.

The competition, now in its sixth year, is open to all chefs and cooks, professional and amateur, who are challenged to produce a wholly vegetarian three course menu. The five finalists were invited to the Cordon Vert in Manchester and battled it out against each other to produce their menu, from scratch, in a three hour Masterchef-style cook off.

On hearing that he had won the coveted title, Gavin said, “I’m really glad to get the opportunity to showcase my skills and demonstrate how creative, tasty and exciting vegetarian menus can be. I’m also happy that a lot of my ingredients were foraged and very much reflected my own style.”

Apart from the thrill of victory, Gavin has also won a fully funded place on the Cordon Vert Professional Diploma training week, worth in excess of £1,600.

Gavin’s winning menu was:
Crispy Hearts of Palm
With shitake mushroom duxelles, aubergine chutney, pomegranate molasses caviar, broad beans, Brighton blue, red onion and crisp lotus root

Nettles with Asparagus and Garlic
Stinging nettle pasta, white and green asparagus, roasted, wild and confit black garlic, liquid nettle spheres and home grown borage flowers

Carrot Cake
Warm carrot cake, cream cheese sorbet, carrot three ways, raisin pulp,
crystallised walnuts and rapeseed oil

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