Stratford-upon-Avon College was celebrating after news that former student Kristian Curtis had been crowned Young Chef of the Year 2011 by the British Culinary Federation. Kristian, who now works under Andreas Antona at Michelin Starred Simpsons Restaurant in Edgbaston, Birmingham was one of three of the 15 finalists aged 23 or under who attended the College.
Kristian received the awards at an impressive Award Ceremony dinner attended by 100 industry guests at the University of Birmingham. Kristian said ‘I am in a bit of shock really, but I was pretty confident in what I did. It was a hard competition and an honour to win.”
Richard Harrison who helped organise the event praised the College saying “this is the 13th year of this competition and it’s a testament to Stratford College who continue to train and develop first class chefs. We are grateful to Stratford College who continue to support this event year on year.”
Kristian Curtis studied at Stratford-upon-Avon College between 2005 and 2008 attaining a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery. The other finalists who previously attended the College were Harry Guy (2005-2008) and Luke Haddow (2006-2009).
The College would like to extend their pride and warmest congratulations to Kristian, Harry and Luke on their outstanding achievements.
Kristians winning menu:
Starter: Fillet of Zander, ceps, celeriac, baby gem lettuce, cep veloute.
Main: Roast fillet of Linconshire port, black pudding bon bon, butternut squash, chestnuts, dried fruits, Brussels sprouts, sage and caper jus.
Chai tea pannacotta, mango compote, cocomut sorbet
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