Steve Love prepares to take on Europe

Steve Love, Head Chef at Loves Restaurant, Birmingham was last week awarded a place on the 2017 Bocuse d’Or National team representing the UK.

Steve Love alongside Adam Smith, head chef at the Devonshire Arms hotel in Yorkshire, fended off other competitors to be awarded their places, following a tense one and half hour cook off last Monday night at Hotel Olympia in London.

Armand Sablon, head chef at Ten Restaurant at Cafe Royal and Rajkumar Holuss from the Ritz also competed in what the judges described as a close final.
John Williams, chair of the Bocuse d’Or UK team, 2001 candidate and executive chef at the Ritz, led the judges, which included chef restaurateur Andreas Antona from Simpsons in Birmingham, Compass Group culinary director Nick Vadis, and Simon Hulstone, chef proprietor of the Elephant restaurant, Torquay and Bocuse d’Or UK candidate 2009 and 2011.

Commenting on the performance of the chefs involved, Williams said that every candidate demonstrated excellent technical and culinary skills in very different ways.

“The standard today was excellent and congratulations to everyone who took part. We had some incredible talent competing today and our task of selecting the winners was not easy,” he said

“So much can happen between now and 2017, which is why we’ve decided to take two chefs on the journey. We are very excited about the UK’s prospects with both Steve and Adam on board.”

The chefs had one and a half hours to prepare, cook and present three different hot garnishes, five portions of each suitable for decorating a chicken ballotine.
In the style of the Bocuse d’Or, each entry was presented on a silver flat provided by Heritage Silverware, Birmingham, which also supplied the silver for Adam Bennett’s award winning meat platter in 2013.

The Bocuse d’Or, otherwise known as the Olympics of the culinary world, will take place next in Lyon, France on January 24th 2015..

The world’s most rigorous competition was founded by famed French Chef Paul Bocuse and takes place every two years. The competition pits chefs from 24 countries against one another in a 5 ½ hour competition in front of thousands of spectators to produce two elaborate platters – one meat and one fish with three intricate garnishes for each. The platters are presented to a panel of two dozen judges who assess each on taste, complexity, precision, classic technique, innovation and harmony of the dish.

Current candidate Adam Bennett, head chef at the Cross in Kenilworth, who came 4th in 2013, will compete at Bocuse d’Or Europe in Stockholm next week. If he secures a top 12 position, both Love and Smith will have the chance to work alongside Bennett as he prepares for Lyon in 2015.

Adam’s return to this competition will see him face such competition as the US team made up of former World number One restaurant The French Laundry .

Love, a former National Chef of the Year winner, a Master of the Culinary Arts and Roux Scholar from 1997 will join Adam Bennett on a trip to the Bocuse d’Or Europe in Stockholm this week, provided by competition sponsor Nestlé Professional.



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