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Gluten-free Chef of the Year Announced

Gluten-free Chef of the Year Announced

19th November 2012

Phil Vickery, celebrity chef and Coeliac UK Food Ambassador, announced the winners of this year's Coeliac UK Gluten-free Chef of the Year competition.

The task given to this year's finalists was to design a three course bistro style gluten-free meal. After 90 minutes of intense cooking, debate and deliberation from the judges, the winner was declared as Jose Manuel De Freitas, Second Chef at the Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC) Silver Springs Care Home in Jersey. Jose Manuel De Freitas' prize is a one week placement at Gleneagles with twice Michelin starred chef Andrew Fairlie.

Phil Vickery stated: "Each year the standard is raised and this year it was the best ever with some exceptional dishes being cooked including those traditionally seen as being more difficult to make such as gluten-free bread, pasta and pastry. To cook these in a live final is a real achievement. With a growing market to service the hundreds of thousands of people looking for gluten-free options, the demand for skilled chefs is likely to boom and this competition showcases the best of the talent out there."

The runner up was Tom Thexton, Head Chef at Wild Thexton in London and the third finalist was Viktorija Bernataviciute, Sous Chef at the Wig and Pen in Northampton.

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