Young Chef of the Year - Four Pillars Hotel
A contest aiming to recognise, reward and retain passionate young chefs has recently reached its climax at the Witney Four Pillars Hotel. The Young Chef of the Year competition was open to promising chefs under the age of 25 and with less than three years professional cooking experience, and culminated in a two-hour ‘cook off’ following six months of training and skills days.
The triumphant chef was Chris Smith, of the host hotel, who wins a villa holiday for two in Turkey, while runners-up Glen Banks and Roger Williams both receive a set of Global knives worth £200, provided by competition sponsors Platinum Recruitment.
The judging panel for the final cook-off were Charles Holmes, Four Pillars Chief Executive; Wendy Procter, Regional Manager; and Rob Cotton of Platinum Recruitment, a specialist hospitality consultancy who for many years have supplied Four Pillars with outstanding staff from the kitchens to front-of-house. The panel was greatly impressed by the quality of the finished dishes and Charles Holmes commented; “I am very confident about the future of our kitchens given the extremely high standard of food I have seen prepared today, and extend my congratulations to each of the entrants particularly our winner, Chris”.
The Four Pillars Hotel Group is now recruiting for trainees to join this years’ Young Chef of the Year contest. Interested individuals should apply in writing to Katherine Swingler, Group HR Manager, Four Pillars Hotels, Olney House, Ducklington Lane, Witney, OX28 4EX.
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