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Chef v Chef competition 2013 - Winners announced

The opportunity to take part in a prestigious cooking contest has given some of the area's top and aspiring chefs the chance to prove they are culinary champions. This was the eighth year the Chef v Chef competition has taken place in the Shrubbery Restaurant at the City of Bath College, with the over 23 and under 23 categories judged by Scott Lucas of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Celebrity Chef, Martin Blunos and Jonathan Newberry of The Valley Smokehouse. Cash, trophies and other prizes were on offer to the top performers.

For the second year running Stephen Whittaker, 28, who is now at Graze Restaurant in Bristol took the Gold award in the Over 23's category. Silver went to Martin Blake of The Priory Hotel, Bath and the Bronze to Christian Abbott of Brace and Browns in Bristol, who was the Gold winner in the Under 23 section last year.

In the Under 23's category the Gold award was given to Lewis Dixon of Lumiere, Cheltenham. Silver to Paul Goulding of Stanton Prior Hotel, Chippenham and Bronze to Andrew Campbell of The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath.

Steve Benison, from City of Bath College, paid tribute to all the people who worked hard to make the competition such a success: "Without the efforts of all the partners, the college staff and the continued support of our sponsors, we couldn't possibly run this competition. It just goes to show what Bath can achieve when we all get together. It was particularly heartening for me to see the competitors, who were all in it to win as individuals, working together in such a happy way in the kitchen. They were really enjoying the experience and were very competent."

Andrew Berman of Catering Services International said: "Once again we saw an impressive line-up which demonstrated real culinary excellence, great skills which delivered perfect flavours with high quality presentation and with Chefs returning to prove they can stay on top". 

The competition was open to contestants within a fifty mile radius of Bath and driven by the City of Bath College, Bath The Initiative at B&NES and Initiative, Catering Services International and Woods Restaurant. It was also well supported by other local sponsors. The aim is to promote modern, high quality cooking using where possible, locally produced, seasonal produce, to help improve confidence and skills and therefore, economic development.

About the Chef v Chef competition
Chef v Chef is open to all talented local chefs within a 50 mile radius of central Bath. The annual competition is a joint 'not for profit' venture organised by Bath City College, The The Initiative at B&NES, Catering Services International, the UK’s leading specialist in catering and hospitality recruitment.