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Alyn Williams crowned National Chef of the Year 2012

Alyn Williams crowned National Chef of the Year 2012

10th October 2012

Alyn Williams, chef patron of Alyn Williams at The Westbury, beat off seven other top chefs to become the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year 2012 in the cook off which was held at the Restaurant Show, in London.

His menu impressed the judges by paying close attention to the authenticity, sourcing and seasonality of the ingredients, whilst creating maximum flavour in his dishes.

It consisted of fillets of mackerel, salted cucumber and mussels with parsley, lemon purée, pak choi and turnip as a starter, followed by saddle of venison served with roasted and smoked beets, fig, salsify, rösti and yogurt for the main course and finished with a caramelised white chocolate pannacotta with orange doughnuts and hazelnut ice cream for dessert.

As well as the title, Alyn was awarded with a prize package which includes cash, an exclusive study trip with dinner at a three starred Michelin restaurant in France, a second study trip to Norway, master classes, as well as specialist chef's products and equipment.

David Mulcahy, the competition's organiser and Craft Guild vice president, commented: "Winning this competition can seriously enhance the career prospects of a chef. The skills required to compete and succeed at this level must be of the highest order. I have the utmost respect for those that enter the National Chef of the Year, congratulations to all of this year's finalists and Alyn, our winner for 2012."

The runners up were Joe McCafferty from Chrysan Restaurant, London followed by Paul Matthews from The Hunter S Restaurant, London.

Source: Craft Guild Of Chefs

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