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Hotel Chef wins Restaurant Chef of the Year Award

Hotel Chef wins Restaurant Chef of the Year Award

20th June 2012

This year's Restaurant Chef of the Year Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards has been awarded to Richard Allen, executive head chef at Grand Jersey hotel.

Speaking about the award Richard Allen stated ‘I am thrilled to have been recognised by the Craft Guild of Chefs; these really are prestigious awards. To be shortlisted was fantastic but to win is amazing. I have had a fabulous 12 months, securing my first Michelin star, making it onto the Debrett's People of Today list and overseeing the recent refurbishment of Tassili at Grand Jersey. This award really is the icing on the cake!'

Mr Allen took over as executive head chef at the Grand Jersey's Michelin starred restaurant, Tassili, in 2007, and has enjoyed significant recognition in the role. In his first six months at Grand Jersey Mr Allen was awarded three AA Rosettes for Tassili and has retained them for three consecutive years. Most recently he was recognised in the prestigious Debrett's 2012 People of Today list, after securing his Michelin star in October 2011.

Mr Allen trained at Bournemouth and Poole catering school before embarking on his career as a chef and has since had the opportunity to work with a variety of renowned chefs including Australian master chef Cheong Liew, Martin Blunos and Michele Roux JR – all of whom have influenced Mr Allen's style of cuisine.

The Craft Guild of Chef 2012 Winners

Apprentice Chef Award sponsored by Compass Group UK & Ireland
Lyndsay Michie Le Gavroche

Armed Services Chef Award sponsored by Purple Foodservice Solutions
Mark Sweeney Royal Air Force

Banqueting & Event Chef Award sponsored by McCain Foods
Phil Herd Levy Restaurants

Competition Chef Award sponsored by Electrolux Professional
Mark Hill House of Commons

Contract Catering Chef Award sponsored by Broadland Farms Fresh Turkey
Mark Crowe Elior UK

Cost Sector Chef Award sponsored by Lamb Weston
Mark Hancock University of Sussex

Development Chef Award sponsored by Discovery Foods
Robin Turner Sodexo

Education Chef Award sponsored by Town & Country Foods
Gary Hunter Westminster Kingsway College

Ethnic Chef Award sponsored by Pritchitts
Mehernosh Mody La Porte des Indes

New Restaurant Of The Year Award sponsored by Jelf Insurance
Pollen Street Social, London

Pastry Chef Award sponsored by Callebaut
Cherish Finden The Langham Hotel

People's Choice Award sponsored by Mövenpick Ice Cream
Michael Kitts Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Dubai

Pub Restaurant Chef Award sponsored by Premier Foods
Rob Hartwell The Rose & Crown

Restaurant Chef Award sponsored by Alaska Seafood
Richard Allen Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa

Young Chef Award sponsored by Falcon Williams
Ben Murphy Koffmann's at the Berkeley Hotel

Special Award sponsored by Sodexo UK & Ireland
Cyrus Todiwala Cafe Spice Namaste

Honorary Award
Martin Bates CEO of the Craft Guild of Chefs


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