Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2016: Chef of the Year
PUBLISHED: 08:52 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:43 27 July 2016
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They put in years of dedication and training to create perfection on a plate. These are the chefs behind the plethora of fantastic restaurants that we enjoy in the Cotswolds. There is so much talent here, but we have picked our finalists, and one that was a cut above the rest
The Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards are one of the biggest events in the local calendar and it is hugely anticipated by the region’s food and drink industry all year round.
We champion the best local producers, suppliers and businesses that are passionate about the Cotswold countryside and the future of our local environment.
Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘Chef of the Year’ Award…
This year’s finalists
Nick Pullen, Wild Thyme, Chipping Norton
Creating tasty, seasonal dishes from scratch at Wild Thyme restaurant in Chipping Norton is Head Chef Nick Pullen. Serving British food with a Mediterranean twist, Nick has blended flavours with expertise to serve in the relaxed and welcoming restaurant which he runs with wife Sally. Nick knows his suppliers personally and selects the best, in-season ingredients to produce unique and elevated yet simple dishes.
Judges were impressed by the enthusiasm of Nick Pullen at Wild Thyme and commented that his menu had a great range of choices for both lunch and dinner and commented that the dishes ordered had great flavour.
Richard Craven, The Chef’s Dozen, Chipping Campden
Richard is the Head Chef at The Chef’s Dozen in Chipping Campden, and is passionate about providing locally sourced, organic and wild ingredients in the dishes he creates. With the ‘chef’s dozen’ menu, there are twelve dishes on offer of which diners select four to get a taste for the best in seasonal, Cotswold produce. Richard and wife Solanche run The Chef’s Dozen which gained entry to the Michelin Guide and achieved 5 out of 5 in the Birmingham Mail all in its first year.
Judges described Richard Craven at The Chef’s Dozen as full of creativity and vision. Judges also commended the presentation of the dishes and the fantastic flavours offered within the dishes.
And the winner is…
Shamsul Krori, The Curry Corner, Cheltenham
The Curry Corner in Cheltenham has been serving delicious Bangladeshi cuisine since 1977 meaning they have nearly 40 years experience. Shamsul Krori is 65 years old but shows no sign of slowing down. Blending spices with expert precision to create richly flavoured curries, Shamsul is well deserving of Chef of the Year Award and with wife Saleha along with daughters Monrusha and Fatiha’s support, The Curry Corner has been praised by names such as Gordon Ramsey, Michael Palin and Richard Branson. The Grade II listed Georgian building doubles as a home to the Krori family.
Shamsul Krori of The Curry Corner was commended by judges for his commitment to providing fantastic food. The menu was described as being very unique, variety and innovation in every dish with seasonal and local produce mentioned throughout.
The ‘Chef of the Year’ Award is sponsored by Arthur David
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Click here to view the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Award winners from 2015!