Belfry Chef wins Silver at International Salon Culinaire

Apprentice Chef Ben Webster
The Belfry Hotel & Resort is pleased to announce that Apprentice Chef Ben Webster, from its signature Ryder Grill restaurant, recently took home a silver medal at the International Salon Culinaire competition.

The International Salon Culinaire is the UK’s largest and most prestigious Chef competition programme. Showcasing terrific skills and talent within the culinary industry, the contest comprises of four competition categories; Salon Display, Skills Theatre, Live Theatre and La Parade des Chefs, the latter being the category in which Webster won silver in the College Canapé Competition.

The dish that ultimately brought The Belfry man his success was a curry macaroon, goat’s cheese mousse and mango chutney gel that came from some rigorous brain-storming with Ryder Grill Head Chef Ryan Swift. Together they came up with a Birmingham street food theme, inspired by the fact the Balti Curry was originally invented in the West Midlands.

“It is a real honour to win the Silver Medal at this year’s International Salon Culinaire. The quality on show from all the teams taking part was incredible, which makes this even more special” remarked Webster afterwards. “The competition has massively improved my organisational skills and has changed my outlook on the importance of being on the ball and ready for anything.’’

Having been at The Belfry for over two years now, Webster has gained experience around all sections of The Ryder Grill, as well as working in pastry banqueting and afternoon tea departments at the award-winning resort. Under the tutelage of Head Chef Ryan Swift and Head Pastry Chef Dean Cole, Webster has certainly learned from two of the best around.

“The Belfry has massively improved my culinary career in many aspects” added Webster, “I've learnt speed is crucial whilst still maintaining the highest possible standards. The resort has really helped me grow as both a Chef and an individual and if someone told me two years ago I would be where I am now, I wouldn't have believed them.”

“I must say a huge thanks to The Belfry Chefs for taking the time to influence me on my final dish and for their support and allowing me to use the resources at the hotel to practise.”

With three top class restaurants including the a la carte Ryder Grill, as well as Sam’s Club House and Rocca’s Pizza Pasta restaurant, The Belfry Hotel & Resort ensures quality dining for all those staying there.

Having been named England’s Leading Resort at The World Travel Awards for three consecutive years, achieving the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and an AA Rosette; The Belfry and The Ryder Grill has developed a name for excellence in the hospitality industry, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Set against the backdrop of 550 acres of North Warwickshire countryside, yet still just 20 minutes outside of Birmingham city centre, The Belfry Hotel & Resort is a stunning setting and is the perfect destination for couples or families looking to make use of the vast number of leisure facilities, as well as a hotly sought-after location for conferences, meetings and events.

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