Game Chef Of The Year Finalists Announced

Braehead Foods in association with Staff Canteen and Highland Game are pleased to announce the finalists in the search for the 2015 Game Chef of the Year.


The finalists are:


David Barnett, The Torridon Hotel, Wester Ross

Jonathan Cook, Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh

Darryl Duffy, Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh

Spud Henderson, Craig Millar @ 16 West End, Fife

Keith Hooker, Restaurant Associates, London

Neil Ireland, Norwood Hall Hotel, Aberdeen

Karl Martin, Old Downton Lodge, Shropshire

Adam Newth, Castlehill Restaurant, Dundee

Martin Zahumensky, Playboy Club, London

Stephen Water, Loch Lomond Golf Club, Alexandria


The nationwide search to find the best upcoming, professional game chef in the UK was launched in September. Applicants were required to submit two game based dishes, one starter, one main with the judges looking for fresh, innovative dishes.


The finalists will each receive £100 each and will take part in a cook off at The Cook School Scotland on Monday 26th January. They will be required to prepare, cook and present two game based dishes to the panel of judges; Michelin star chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack, Braehead Foods Consultant Chef Paul Gayler MBE, Braehead Foods Executive Chef Joe Queen and Ian McAndrew of the Academy of Culinary Arts.


The overall winner will receive a once in a lifetime trip to Sweden where they will hunt wild boar, courtesy of Highland Game.


For more information please visit or follow us on or Twitter @GameChefOfYear


With judges


 Winner and Runners Up

Runners up Daniel Bland of The Wheatsheaf Inn, Doddington (left) and Jonathan Cook of Greywall's Hotel in Edinburgh (right) with winner Tom Van Zeller of Van Zeller Restaurants ion Harrogate. 


2014 Game Chef of the Year, Tom Van Zellers winning dishes... 

StarterWigeon with celeriac remoulade, apple and hazelnut

Main Course

Loin of hare with choucroute, baby turnips and beetroot for his main.

In Association With

Staff Canteen         Highland Game logo



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