The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Turnberry Hotel trainee beats top chefs to win national title

A young commis chef, trained and working in Scotland, has been chosen by a panel of judges led by Heston Blumenthal as the Young Chef of the Year at the Academy of Culinary Arts (ACA) Annual Awards of Excellence 2011 held in London.

Dimitar Angelkovski (pictured above), a trainee chef at the world famous Turnberry Resort, fought off competition from some of the most admired chefs in the business from restaurants such as Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, The London Ritz and Claridges.

The ten kitchen finalists also included Turnberry Sous Chef Ryan Murphy, and a senior chef from the Royal Household of Buckingham Palace.

Justin Galea, Head Chef at Turnberry, commented: “We’ve always known that Dimitar and Ryan are incredibly talented guys and we’re delighted for them both to get this far. For Dimitar, this is a spectacular win against the toughest competition he will ever have seen. Dimitar has great composure in his cooking, clear technical ability and a deep passion for what he does. We’re very proud to have him part of our team at Turnberry.”

The presentation made by Heston Blumenthal, Chairman of the ACA, followed an intense period of cooking held earlier in the year. Chefs had 4.5 hours to prepare a razor clam starter using mystery ingredients, followed by venison Wellington with fondant potatoes, glazed carrots, stuffed cabbage, celeriac puree and a red wine jus, concluding with a modern interpretation of a lemon meringue dessert.

Dimitar was honoured as Best Young Chef of the year at a gala presentation at London’s Claridges, as the candidate achieving the highest marks of all the finalists who gathered from across the UK.

The news is a further boost in the growing recognition of the quality of food at the Turnberry restaurant 1906, particularly under the stewardship of Head Chef, Justin Galea. The kitchen has recently relaunched its chef’s table, a private dining space overlooking the pass which is personally hosted by the Turnberry chefs for regular groups of diners.

The Annual Awards of Excellence 2011 are judged by a panel of industry experts including John Williams MBE, Executive chef of The Ritz and Martyn Nail, Executive Chef of Claridges. The event is sponsored by the National Skills Academy for Hospitality, City & Guilds, the Savoy Educational Trust, John Lewis, Maldon Salt, G.H.Mumm Champagne, Gressingham Foods, Allens of Mayfair and the Caterer & Hotelkeeper.

Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland, is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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