For a young chef between the ages of 16 and 25 and working or studying in Sussex. Judging is based on the preparation and presentation of a locally sourced menu showing creativity, flair and future potential to succeed at the highest level.
20 years old when the competition took place, this was the second time that Dan made the finals. Dan who works at etch. in Hove, impressed all the judges with his well-crafted and perfectly cooked menu: a modern twist on Fish and Chips as a starter, Pork Presse paired with onion and wild garlic for the main course and an Apple and Elderflower dessert with Goats Milk Mousse to finish. Dan Is an outstanding chef and his future is assured with his flair and enthusiasm for locally produced ingredients.
‘Dan’s excellent craftmanship, creativity, flavour combinations and attention to detail in his presentation are outstanding in such a young chef. He is certainly one to watch out for in future.’
Tom, at 24 years old at the time of the competition, from Rathfinny Tasting Room, Alfriston, demonstrated his outstanding skills as a chef and the use of excellent local ingredients with a superb menu of Pan-fried Scallops with Crispy Chicken, followed by Sussex Chicken, two ways and served with Potato Galette along with a medley of Spring Vegetables, finished with a magnificent Rhubarb and Ginger Souffle.
Aged 25, Tom created an exceptional menu of Balcombe Estate Wood Pigeon, served with a Beetroot and Apple Tian, followed by Newhaven Cod with Mussel and Leek Fricassee, Crispy, Potato and Leek Oil. His dessert was Sussex Rhubarb Tart, Lemon and White Chocolate Cream and Rhubarb Sorbet to finish.
Entry is now closed for the below four categories in the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2020! Our judges will be in contact with you soon if you have made the shortlist! Grand Finalists will be announced in March 2020.
SUSSEX STREET FOOD OF THE YEAR
Our winner will offer great food to be eaten in a mobile situation, including as many local ingredients as possible. Finalists will participate in a live competition at Horsham on 27th October.
SUSSEX YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR
Our winner will be aged 25 or under on 31/01/20, working or studying in Sussex, with a talent for creating a wonderful menu of creative dishes using local ingredients.
SUSSEX NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Our winner will be an innovative business from any part of the food and drink sector, supporting local produce, which has been trading for up to 3 years by end 2019; has the ambition and determination to succeed; and can demonstrate a realistic and sustainable business plan.
YOUNG SUSSEX FARMER OF THE YEAR
Our winner will be a young farmer aged 35 or under by end 2020. They can come from any sector within agriculture, horticulture or viticulture and must be involved in food or drink production. They could be part of the family farm (owned or tenanted), a student, an employee or self-employed. This young person should display the following attributes: vision; leadership; innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship; ability to incorporate new ideas and practices; ability to inspire others; and the desire to succeed and grow business.
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