Who won the Soho House UK head chef competition, judged by the chef patron of Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons?
Soho House held its very first UK Head Chef Competition at Farmhouse in February. Ten head chefs from across our British sites came together to compete for the chance to win a culinary tour of New York.
The day kicked off with a tour of the garden to check out the seasonal crops before heading to the Cookhouse for a fun speed challenge, battling it out to speed-peel garlic, break down a chicken and whisk up egg whites. Then it was down to business. Each chef had five hours to make three creative seasonal courses to present to our judging panel (including UK executive chef Kady Yon and UK chef talent manager Jack Davis). We were honoured to welcome Raymond Blanc OBE as head judge, giving constructive feedback to all our chefs.
Congratulations to Ben Harrington from 76 Dean Street who came first with his menu of seared scallops, chicken wing, blood orange and fennel to start, chargrilled lamb rump, anchovy, endive as main and a chocolate taco for dessert. He wins a trip out to New York to visit our kitchens and to stage in his favourite New York restaurant.
Matteo Nardin from The Ned took second place and Maxwell Terheggen of Electric House took third place. The standard of food presented was top notch from every single chef. It was a very proud day for the Soho House kitchens, congratulations to all the chefs that took part.
A big thank you to our partners Victorinox for providing knife prizes and to Mash for supplying ingredients.