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Hunt for UK’s Best Oriental Young Chef is Back for 2015

Leading Oriental grocer Wing Yip has launched its annual search for the UK’s top Oriental Cookery Young Chef.

Now in its third year, Wing Yip’s Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year competition offers the country’s finest culinary talent the opportunity to showcase their skills before a renowned panel of judges.

As part of the prize the chefs will battle it out to win an exclusive trip to Hong Kong where they will sample the region’s culinary delights, work in Michelin-starred restaurants and explore the vibrant street food scene.

Last year’s competition attracted an array of talent from across the country, with House of Commons chef Robert Hall taking the title after battling against contestants from Eton College, University College Birmingham, City of Liverpool College and Bentley Motors.

Reflecting on his Young Chef experience, Robert said: “The competition was fierce and I’m overwhelmed to have won. I can’t wait to travel to Hong Kong in October where I will be fortunate enough to work alongside Michelin-starred chefs. The experience and skills I will gain at this early stage in my career will be invaluable.”

Putting the contestants through their paces will be Peter Griffiths, head judge and President of the British Culinary Federation, Glynn Purnell, Michelin-starred chef and owner of Purnell’s in Birmingham and Larkin Cen, 2013 MasterChef finalist and director of Asian food innovation Hokkei.

Peter Griffiths said: “Getting your first break in the catering industry can be difficult and taking part in competitions like Young Chef can boost your credibility and open doors to a successful career in the industry.

“Each year we look to raise the bar in terms of standard of entries and last year we attracted a raft of culinary talent from some of the UK’s most renowned establishments and colleges, we hope this year will attract even more as young chefs look to build their skills, knowledge and experience.”

Glynn Purnell said: “Learning and competing in the field of Oriental cuisine is a great challenge and confidence booster as it requires contestants to think outside the box. It’s an impressive skill to have and even for those who strive for a career in a different style of cooking, competing in other arenas is extremely beneficial and creates a multi-skilled chef.”

The competition is open to applicants across the UK, aged between 18 and 25 years, who have a flair for Oriental cuisine and are studying or employed in the catering and hospitality industry. The first stage requires contestants to design and submit an Oriental inspired menu using ingredients of their choice.

The most mouth watering menus will be shortlisted and successful applicants will be invited to a Masterchef-style cook-off at the University College Birmingham on Monday 16th February 2015. Finalists will execute their dishes before the panel who will award marks for technique, creativity, presentation and most importantly the use of authentic Oriental ingredients and cooking styles.

Mr Wing Yip, Chairman of Wing Yip, said: “The number of top quality UK restaurants serving Oriental cuisine in the UK continues to grow.

“Each year I am impressed with the level of talent demonstrated by the contestants and we are extremely proud to support young chefs and encourage them to experiment with the wonderful variety of ingredients and cooking styles found across Oriental cuisine.”

The winners will be announced at an official awards dinner at the University College Birmingham following the competitive cook-off.

For further information and to download an entry form please go to www.wingyip.com.

For my write up of the 2013 awards, please see here.

 

 

Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year 2014

A young chef from Essex is celebrating after winning the coveted title of Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year 2014.

Robert Hall who works at the House of Commons battled it out in a Masterchef-style cook-off at University College Birmingham on Friday 21st February.

The winners were announced at an official awards dinner at UCB on Friday evening.

As well as the honour of being the 2014 Young Chef of the Year, Robert Hall has also won a once in a lifetime trip to Hong Kong where he will gain an insight into the hospitality industry at Michelin starred restaurants and explore the region’s cultural highlights.

The national competition offers aspiring young chefs and catering students between the ages of 18-25, the chance to boost their culinary careers.

Judging the competition were celebrity TV chef Ching He Huang, Michelin-starred Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell, and President of the British Culinary Federation, Peter Griffiths.

At just 24 years old and a first-time entrant, it was an unexpected win for Robert who said he was overwhelmed to have been crowned the winner.

He cooked his way to the final with two Thai/Japanese inspired dishes which included a starter of skirt steak “sui” with pistachio puree, pickled mushrooms, cauliflower and radish. He finished his winning menu with tom yam turbot with ramen broth and crab bon bon.

When asked what inspired him to enter, Robert said: “The House of Commons continues to support talent from within and part of this involves encouraging and driving young chefs to enter competitions and compete on a national scale. This was the first competition I have ever entered, I am overwhelmed to have won and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the trip to Hong Kong.”

Robert faced tough competition from 15 other finalists from trade and colleges including Bourneville College, Eton, University College Birmingham, Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood and the Elior catering group.

Chairman of the judges and President of the British Culinary Federation, Peter Griffiths said: “Now in its second year, this competition has attracted a great deal of promising professionals from across the UK. We were highly impressed by the diversity of the menus and the chefs’ choice of Oriental ingredients.

“Robert’s dishes demonstrated a clever use of modern cooking techniques combined with traditional Asian flair. The Thai/Japanese fusion in the main dish was brave and demonstrated a confident use of flavours. Robert showed an excellent work ethic and process in the kitchen and his final dishes were spot on!”

Princia Fernandes from University College Birmingham was placed second with her menu of bang-bang Monkfish and aromatic duck, with Joshua Anderson from the Amadeus catering group part of the NEC and ICC, came third with his innovative vegetable garden and steamed halibut.

Mr Wing Yip, the Chairman of Wing Yip, added: “For the second year running I have been extremely impressed by the level of culinary expertise demonstrated by the chefs. This competition really is a celebration of both quality Oriental cuisine and the creative flair we have coming through in the UK. These are the chefs to watch out for in the future.”

Stuart and I were lucky enough to go to the first Wing Yip Chef of the Year competition dinner last year. We unfortunately could not attend this year. We would like to send our congratulations to Robert and look forward to attending again next year

 

Wing Yip’s Hunt for Young Chef Begins

L-R Valerio Grimaldi-Plant, Jospeh Vinten, Ruby Rainey

Leading Oriental food grocer Wing Yip has launched its 2014 search to find the finest Young Chef for Oriental Cuisine.

New for this year the competition is going nationwide and applicants aged between 18 and 25 years old, employed in the hospitality industry or training at college or university, will have the opportunity to enter and demonstrate their flair for Oriental cuisine.

Wing Yip’s Young Chef of the Year 2014 competition offers aspiring cooks the chance to showcase their culinary talent, develop their skills and win a once in a lifetime trip to Hong Kong.

Joseph Vinten Winner 2013 Wing Yip Young Chef Oriental Cuisine

Mr Wing Yip, the Chairman of the company, said, “We want to celebrate the rich vein of young culinary talent in the UK.

Asian and Oriental cuisine is fast becoming one of the most popular in the UK. More and more TV food programmes, including BBC Masterchef, are featuring chefs who are using and experimenting with a raft of authentic Oriental ingredients in their dishes. This competition will showcase the dedication and skilful chefs we have coming through in the UK.”

Entrants will be required to create an Oriental menu using ingredients of their choice.

The panel of judges which includes TV Chef, Ching He Huang, Michelin-starred Birmingham chef, Glynn Purnell, and British Culinary Federation President Peter Griffiths, will put the finalists through their paces.

Under the watchful eye of head judge Peter Griffiths the cook-off finalists will be marked on their authenticity, skills and innovation:

Peter Griffiths said: “This is the second year the competition has run. Last year we were incredibly impressed by the use of flavours, presentation and creativity in the finalists’ dishes. It has certainly set the standard for this year and we are very much looking forward to seeing what this year’s chefs have to offer.”

The competition will be judged in two stages: a paper-based entry for the first round (closing date 10 January 2014), followed by a competitive cook-off at the University College Birmingham on 21 February 2014.

The winners will be announced at an official awards dinner at the University College Birmingham following the competitive cook-off.

For further information and to download an entry form please go to www.wingyip.com

Stuart and I were lucky enough to go to the awards dinner last year. Here is the post I wrote about it. I would like to go next year too but may not be able to due to having lots of newborn cuddles.

I am a BBC Good Food Show Blogger!!

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Earlier on in the year, I was contacted the BBC Good Food Show asking if I would like to be a member of their new Good Food Bloggers community. Having been going to the Good Food Shows for many years, I jumped at chance to be involved and get the inside scoop. As part of the community, we get sent products from producers who will be appearing at the shows. So far we have received, some dried Edible Ornamentals Chipotle Chilli and some Farmer’s Fayre Rose Veal escalopes.

Hairy Biker's Gourmet Chili

With the smoked dried chipotle chilli, I made the Hairy Biker’s Gourmet Chilli with bitter chocolate. The Hairy Biker’s make regular appearances at the good food shows and being huge fans of theirs, it seemed the most appropriate thing to make. I adapted the recipe as I only used steak mince and also did not add any beans into my chill. It was gorgeous and the smoky chili really came through. I will definitely be making this again!

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With the veal, I just served it simply griddled with new potatoes, green beans and carrots. It was yummy and has veal is really good for us, I will be definitely eat it in another way soon.

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A few weeks ago, most of the good food bloggers community went to Purnell’s Bistro and Gingers Bar in Birmingham for lunch and some cocktails. We were treated to a cocktail making demonstration where we learn that cocktail making and creating recipes are actually very similar. We got to try a few cocktails too. My favourite was the roast lamb Provençal cocktail (basically roast dinner in a glass) It is very strange tasting at first but after a few sips I really enjoyed it.   I want to go back again to try more cocktails. For my lunch at Purnell’s Bistro, I had;

Starter: Black Pudding – Potato Rosti – Poached Hen’s Yolk – Bacon Dressing

Main: Blade of Beef – Seasonal Vegetables – Mustard Jus

Pudding: Seasonal Crumble – Vanilla Ice Cream

It was lovely to meet my fellow bloggers and I cannot wait to see them all again at the summer show :-)

If you would like to go to the BBC Summer Good Food Show from 12th to the 16th June 2013 at the NEC and have not got your tickets yet, then I have an exclusive discount code for Jo’s Kitchen readers, giving you 15% off normal standard ticket price.

The discount code is: JK15

This entitles Jo’s Kitchen readers to 15% off standard tickets. The discount is not valid on VIP Tickets. The ticket will include a seat in the Supertheatre in a session of their choice.

Thank you to the Ginny and the BBC Good Food Show team, Claire, Purnell’s Bistro, Edible Ornamentals and Farmer’s Fayre for the wonderful experience of being a good food show bloggers community member so far. It is much appreciated :-)

Disclosure: I was sent the products to taste free of charge. My meal at Purnells was complementary from the BBC Good Food Show Team. If you use the code above to purchase a ticket, then I will earn a few pence from it. 


Young Birmingham Chef is Crowned Winner in National Culinary Competition

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The winner of the inaugural Wing Yip ‘Young Chef of the Year 2013’ was awarded on Friday 22nd February at an awards ceremony in Birmingham.

Joseph being awarded his trophy by Brian Yip - Image by Jo's Kitchen

Joseph being awarded his trophy by Brian Yip – Image by Jo’s Kitchen

Joseph Vinten from Birmingham won the coveted title of Young Chef of the Year for Oriental Cuisine, which celebrated culinary expertise of the very best chefs across the Midlands.

New for this year the competition set out to find the Midlands’ most promising young chef talent in Oriental cooking. It offered young chefs, between the ages of 18-25, who were either training or employed in the catering industry the chance to boost their culinary careers.

Joseph was chosen after a challenging 90 minute ‘cook-off’ at University College Birmingham during the day, which saw 11 finalists, across two heats, prepare an authentic two course meal comprising of a starter and main course.

The Judges and the Yip Family - Image by Jo's Kitchen

The Judges and the Yip Family – Image by Jo’s Kitchen

Judges on the day included celebrity TV chef Ching He Huang, Michelin-starred Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell, and President of the British Culinary Federation, Peter Griffiths, who put the finalists through their paces and passed on expertise.

Chairman of judges and President of British Culinary Federation, Peter Griffiths said: “This competition has shown great diversity and is different to other competitions on the circuit. The calibre of the entries has been very high, so selecting our winners was difficult. We have been very impressed by the talent and skills of these budding professionals. This makes Joseph’s award even more impressive and he should be very proud of his achievement.”

Joseph, 22, is a student at University College Birmingham and impressed the judges with his dishes including Lobster Spring Rolls and Duo of Asian Quail.

Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell said: “It’s a great to see a competition that embraces the multi-cultural food scene in Britain today. The dishes have shown a great fusion of east meets west. Oriental cuisine inspired my early career so I was delighted to be asked to judge this competition and was thoroughly impressed with the level of skill from all the finalists.”

As this year’s winner, Joseph has not only added the coveted title to his CV but has also won a once in a lifetime culinary trip to Hong Kong where he will have the opportunity to experience fine Asian cuisine and the popular street food scene.

On finding out the news, Joseph said: “I can’t believe the judges thought my food was good enough to win, and it was great to meet Glynn – he is one of my biggest inspirations. I am so excited and cannot wait to try out more Oriental cuisine when I visit Hong Kong later in the year.”

Ruby receives her trophy from Brian Yip - Image by Jo's Kitchen

Ruby receives her trophy from Brian Yip – Image by Jo’s Kitchen

Valerio receives his trophy from Brian Yip - image by Jo's Kitchen

Valerio receives his trophy from Brian Yip – image by Jo’s Kitchen

Ruby Rainey from Keele University was also awarded second prize winning £500 of Wing Yip vouchers and Valerio Grimaldi-Plant from Stratford-upon-Avon College came third, winning £250 of Wing Yip vouchers.

Mr Wing Yip and I - Image by Jo's Kitchen

Mr Wing Yip and I – Image by Jo’s Kitchen

Mr Wing Yip, Chairman of Wing Yip, said: “The increasing popularity of Pan Asian cuisine in the UK is extremely exciting. We launched the competition first and foremost to celebrate Oriental cookery with its delicious flavours and aromas, but also to identify the region’s most talented young chefs to encourage them to carry the tradition forward and preserve the legacy of this glorious cuisine.”

Ching and I - Image by Jo's Kitchen

Ching and I – Image by Jo’s Kitchen

TV chef and Young Chef Judge Ching He Huang, added: “Joseph thoroughly deserved the title but I was impressed by the standard of all the finalist’s dishes. The talent in the final line up confirmed that the there is a hot bed of culinary promise and the final proved to be a fierce competition. Winning the title will open many doors for Joseph and offers a helping hand at a stage in their career which can be tricky to navigate. I was honoured to be able to share my experience and offer advice to the region’s finest young chefs.”

Stuart and I were lucky enough to be invited to the awards ceremony after the cook off. I have included the official account above as I did not want to miss anything out. We had an amazing time. Mr Wing Yip is a legend and his family, especially his son Brian are fantastic too. The event was hosted and run by students of the University College Birmingham who were very hard working and ensured that we had a great time. The Menu for the awards dinner was magnificent. I would happily eat their food anytime. Ching and Glynn were lovely to chat too and I hope to meet them again soon. Many thanks to Seal amd the Wing Yip family for hosting and inviting us to the event. Finally I would like to congratulate all the competitors for taking part. You all did amazingly well! :-)

Young Birmingham Chef Reaches Final in National Culinary Competition

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A young Birmingham chef is gearing up to battle it out in a live Masterchef-style cook-off and is hoping to impress celebrity judges as part of a national competition.

Wing Yip’s ‘Oriental Young Chef of the Year’ competition set out to find the Midlands’ most promising young chef talent in Oriental cooking, and the oriental supermarket will be joined by celebrity TV chef Ching He Huang, Michelin-starred Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell, and President of the British Culinary Federation, Peter Griffiths, to taste the top talent’s creations and crown the winner.

Ching He Huang, Brian Yip

The competition is new for this year and offers young chefs between the ages of 18-25 who are training or working in the catering industry a chance to boost their culinary careers. The lucky winner will walk away with a once in a lifetime trip to Hong Kong, where they will gain an insight into the hospitality industry and explore the region’s cultural highlights.

Jamie Glanville

Jamie Glanville, 23, is currently working in the kitchen at The Punchbowl Gastropub, Kings Heath, and hopes to be in the running with his dishes of Spicy Confit Chicken Wings and Pan Fried Fillet of Seabass to win a once in a lifetime culinary trip to Hong Kong and of course add the coveted title to his CV.

On finding out the news, hopeful finalist Jamie said: “I can’t believe it; I’m a little bit nervous but mostly excited! To have such highly acclaimed chefs giving feedback on my work is a once in a lifetime opportunity- I can’t wait to get in the kitchen as I love creating Oriental dishes.”

Mr Wing Yip, Chairman of Wing Yip, said: “The increasing popularity of Pan Asian cuisine in the UK is extremely exciting. We launched the competition first and foremost to celebrate Oriental cookery with its delicious flavours and aromas, but also to identify the region’s most talented young chefs to encourage them to carry the tradition forward and preserve the legacy of this glorious cuisine.”

Glynn Purnell, Michelin starred chef and Young Chef judge, added: “The talent in the final line up confirms that the Midlands is a hot bed of culinary promise and, from what I have seen so far, the competition is going to be fierce! Winning the title will open many doors for the lucky champion and offers a helping hand at a stage in their career which can be tricky to navigate. I am honoured to be able to share my experience and offer advice to the region’s finest young chefs.”

The cook off will take place at University College Birmingham on the 22nd February and will see the finalists prepare two Asian- inspired dishes in under 90 minutes.

I have been lucky enough to be invited to the dinner and awards evening when they announce the winning chef. Stay tuned for more about this soon :-) 

Jo Cooks: Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge

In June I took part in the Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge  in part of the lead up to the BBC Summer Good Food Show. James Day of Eat The Midlands filmed me doing the challenge and he has kindly let me put on the blog so you can all have a laugh at my expense!

Many thanks to Ginny for inviting me to take part and to James for filming the action taking place. It is much appreciated :-)

Interview with Glynn Purnell at BBC Summer Good Food Show 2012

When I visited the BBC Good Food Show Summer, I was lucky enough to interview Glynn Purnell. Here is the video of the interview. I hope you like it. Apologies for any sound interruptions on the video etc. Video editing is not my strong point. Many thanks to Glynn, Claire and Ginny for allowing me to do the interview. It is greatly appreciated :-)

BBC Summer Good Food Show 2012

A few weeks ago, I went to the BBC Summer Good Food Show at the NEC. I look forward to the show every year as it is a great way to meet lots of like-minded people in one place. Upon arrival and after a quick coffee in the press area, I went to see my friend James on the Gourmet Life stand. He was joined on the stand by Duncan of Relish Publications who were promoting the launch of Relish Midlands (more to follow about this in another post soon).

Following this, I went to meet the lovely people at Riso Gallo UK who were showcasing the wide range of products they have on offer and had chefs on hand to show you how to cook it. On the stand they were cooking courgette, chorizo and pea risotto and they even made a chocolate, meringue and strawberry risotto too. I received a selection of their products to review and will telling you more about them soon.

After this, I went over and met Tracy from The Gingham Chicken who make some of the most inventive fudge I have ever seen. I loved the lemon meringue one!

I next went to Samuelson’s of Whitney and tried their delicious lemonade and virgin mojito.  They tasted like how drinks used to taste and were very yummy. I brought three bottles.

Next up was the My Secret Kitchen ladies who were wowing the NEC with their creations as they always do. I especially loved their maple caramel sauce.

Next up was a revelation to me, a frozen dough company called The Northern Dough Co. who make fresh dough in the factory, freeze it straight away, you take it home, defrost it when you need and then make fantastic pizza.  We have loved what I brought at the show and need to stock up again. Thomas enjoyed it too. It is that good!

One of my final stops of the day was to Grandpa Lew’s, a Derbyshire based business selling the finest pies and sauces they can. I enjoyed their Curried Potato, Cauliflower and Pea pie and an Atomic Buffalo Brownie. Before leaving the show I went and saw old friend’s Tim at Macarons and More and Kate at Gower Cottage Brownies.

While at the show, I was lucky enough to interview Olly Smith and Glynn Purnell. Their interviews are next up on the blog so stay tuned. I had a fantastic time at the show and think it one of the best shows yet. I can’t wait for the winter show to arrive in town. After walking round all day and working on James’ stall for a while, I was even more tired than what I had been looking after Thomas all day! :-)

Birmingham Food Festival 2012

The Birmingham Food Festival is returning this coming Friday. I am planning on visiting with Thomas on Monday afternoon. Hope to see you there. Here is some more information about it :-)

The city’s tastiest festival Birmingham Food Fest will take place on 13-19 July 2012, returning after last year’s inaugural success with a week-long menu of food-filled events and restaurant offers throughout the city centre.

This year sees Visit Birmingham, the city’s leisure tourism programme, join forces with partners and leading chefs to showcase the very best of Birmingham’s culinary offer. Birmingham Food Fest kicks off with CBD Food Festival in Victoria Square on 13-14 July, a celebration of the diverse food and drink venues found in Colmore Business District, the city’s commercial heart. Brindleyplace’s super-spicy Birmingham Chilli Festival, which last year attracted thousands of foodie fans from across the region, will also be part of the fiery festivities.

Birmingham Food Fest will feature a mouth-watering line up of fringe events and irresistible restaurant offers as part of Visit England’s 20.12% campaign, promoting the UK’s visitor offer in the lead up to the Olympic Games. Last year’s festival saw an estimated 70,000 people tuck into food and drink offers from over 80 restaurants, leaving visitors hungry for seconds.

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services at Visit Birmingham, which is managing Birmingham Food Fest, said: “Last year’s Food Fest really helped put Birmingham on the map as a culinary destination and a haven for food lovers.” The festival saw 70,000 visitors descend on the city to sample our gastronomic delights, attracting nearly £1 million of media coverage and plaudits from influential international titles such as The New York Times, which named Birmingham number 19 in its ‘2012 must-see destinations’ shortlist due to its foodie credentials.

The Birmingham Chefs Alliance, which includes some of the city’s top culinary stars such as Glynn Purnell of Purnell’s, Aktar Islam of Lasan and Richard Turner of Turners Restaurant, have again stepped out in support of Birmingham Food Fest. David Colcombe, Head of The Birmingham Chefs Alliance and Chef Director of Opus Restaurant is currently flying the flag for the city’s foodie reputation stateside at Chicago’s Culinary Crossroads, an event showcasing the food and drink of the NATO nations ahead of the diplomatic summit in May. He said:

“Birmingham has long been home to some fantastic restaurants and chefs that have helped catapult the city into the gastronomic spotlight.

“The underground cooking scene taking root in the city and home-grown talent that continues to push the boundaries of culinary creativity, means Birmingham is quickly gaining recognition as an international haven for food.”

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