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IACC names UK "Copper Skillet Champions"

21 chefs from IACC member properties across the UK gathered at The Lensbury recently, to compete for the coveted UK Copper Skillet where the winners edged one step closer to the European Chapter Copper Skillet global final taking place in the Netherlands. 

UK Country winners were:
Rob Budd, from Barnett Hill, Guildford won the Senior trophy. A trio of national judges named Rob the winner for his dish of pan-fried beef tenderloin with monkfish medallions, cauliflower, purple sprouting broccoli, samphire and a red wine sauce.  

Mary Palecek, from the Woodside Conference Centre, Kenilworth was declared Junior champion for her surf ‘n turf dish of sautéed beef fillet and king prawns on a bed of spinach and vegetable ribbons with a salsa verde.  

Lee Gaskins, from the Highgate House Conference Centre was Senior runner-up with a dish of pan-fried peppered medallions of beef, pancetta sautéed potatoes, crispy prawns, andive and asparagus, and a red wine reduction.  

Ryan Lewis, from Ashridge, was Junior runner-up, presenting a dish of pan-fried beef, sautéed British summer vegetables, chili glazed prawns and a devilled sauce.  

The chefs were presented with basic pantry items along with a "mystery basket" of proteins and other fresh, dairy and grocery items. They were given 30 minutes to prepare, create, and present their creations to the judges.   

For the 3rd year in the 13-year history of the Copper Skillet competition, IACC introduced a Junior Chef category where IACC conference centre chefs under the age of 26 competed in the cook-off. Junior and senior category winners now go on to compete in the IACC-Europe final to be held in the Netherlands in September.  The winners of the European cook-off (one senior chef and one junior chef) will go on to compete with other chefs from IACC chapters around the world at the International Copper Skillet Competition at the IACC-Americas Connect Annual Meeting in early 2017 where the 13th Global Copper Skillet Champion will be named.  

The popular Copper Skillet competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference centres around the world and to honour their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference centre experience. 

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