Love at first bite


June 7, 2019

Now in its 26th year, the Craft Guild of Chefs once again took to the stage to celebrate culinary excellence.

Seventeen awards were presented on the night, all of which recognised and acknowledged the remarkable talent across the UK and beyond.

Previous winners include household names such as Alain Ducasse, Pierre Koffmann, Angela Hartnett, and Clare Smyth.

Andrew Green, Craft Guild of Chefs chief executive welcomed all guests by saying: “These awards are the highlight of the Craft Guild calendar, where we all have the opportunity to recognise chefs from all sectors of our industry, whether they be apprentices who have made an impact in the early stages of their career, to the more seasoned professionals that maybe haven’t had the recognition they deserve.”

He added, “It’s also important we recognise the great work so many of the Guild members do. They give up their own time to travel around the country organising competitions year after year, which adds value to a chef’s ambitions and experience and generally raises our culinary profile as a whole.”

The dazzling evening ceremony was hosted by English chef and television personality James Tanner, and the awards were presented by Craft Guild of Chefs vice presidents Steve Munkley and David Mulcahy.

The first award of the night honoured Miller & Carter with the brand-new Chef’s Favourite Branded Group award. Voted for by Craft Guild of Chefs members and other professional chefs, the significant new award recognises restaurant groups demonstrating food quality and consistency, and a menu with variety and originality, accompanied by a suitable wine menu.

Keith Edwards, head of food procurement from Miller & Carter said: “I’m overwhelmed to pick up this award on behalf of Miller & Carter. It’s a brilliant achievement. I’m so proud to represent Miller & Carter. Craft Guild of Chefs is a great organisation.”

This year’s judging panel consisted of established chefs and professionals across the foodservice industry. These included Steve Munkley from Royal Garden Hotel, Consultant Pastry Chef Sarah Hartnett, Adam Smith from the Dorchester Collection and Craft Guild of Chefs vice president Nick Vadis from Compass Group UK & Ireland.