The award underlines Edgbaston’s longstanding reputation for excellence in both match day hospitality and non-match day activities and reinforces the multi-million pound redevelopment programme that was completed in 2011.
Dave Hill impressed the judging panel, made up of former England cricketer, journalist and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) selector, Angus Fraser; 2010 MasterChef winner, Dhruv Baker and Chef and Course Manager, Waitrose Cookery School, Gordon McDermott with his Thai-style tiger prawns with rice noodles. After wowing the judges, Dave also gained the most public votes, highlighting his innovative and targeted approach to catering at the world-class stadium.
All catering at Edgbaston is provided by Edgbaston Experience Ltd, a 12-year-long partnership where Levy Restaurants UK provides retail and hospitality food service at Edgbaston Stadium. Dave oversees all the menus across the retail and hospitality services at the ground along with over 1,000 non-match day events and conferences. The official corporate hospitality is supplied by Keith Prowse, a brand of Levy Restaurants UK.
This win comes after a successful summer of entertaining at Edgbaston and sets the ground in good stead for 2015's Ashes year.
Craig Flindall, Director of Edgbaston Experience stated: “We are thrilled that Dave has won this competition. Food is a really important part of our business at Edgbaston and Dave’s win underlines our commitment to enhancing customer experience on match and non-match days.”
Rupert Elwood, Head of Marketing at Waitrose commented: “Waitrose has been delighted with their first summer as sponsors of the England Cricket Teams – the inherent link between cricket and food is why we launched the Cricket Cook Off in the first place, and I would like to wish Dave many congratulations on his success.”
Colin Bailey, Managing Director, Levy Restaurants UK said: “Huge congratulations to Dave! We are delighted that he has been recognised for his creativity and innovation; he thoroughly deserves this accolade and to be acknowledged amongst nine well-respected chefs in the UK. Dave is a credit to our team and shares Levy Restaurants UK’s goal of providing legendary food and drink experiences. Having worked as a chef for 19 years, Dave has a wealth of knowledge and he constantly delivers over and above our customers’ expectations.”