Danny Young, the new exciting talent from the NW of England

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British people know it well: It is not just about London when we talk about the exciting names in the British cuisine. When quite some chefs in London have to be careful to cook dishes which are most of all very likeable to attract large variety of guests to keep their restaurant always busy (restaurant costs here are very high so they have to satisfy also the investors), may chefs from other parts of the British island be a bit more relaxed and daring and satisfy much more also their own passion for creativity. So London is exciting and fascinating food capital, but at least as interesting are also quite some restaurants sparse in different parts of the island where also quite some new exciting talents are being bred.

chef-1Last news comes from the North-West where a 20 year-old Lancastrian chef has been crowned as the best in the North-West region of England, cooking up a storm to take Essential Cuisine’s 2014 ‘North West Young Chef’ crown.

Danny Young from Accrington, a chef at Nigel Haworth’s reputed Northcote Manor, described himself as “Overwhelmed” to hold off strong competition from five other regional finalists in a tense, two and a half hour cook off held at Manchester College on 18th June.

Picture 77Tasked with a brief of keeping it local and seasonal, the young charge’s winning three-course menu consisted of Formby Asparagus, Poached Bowlands Forrest Free Range Egg & Hollandaise to start; Wheat-fed Goosnargh Guinea fowl, Leg Kiev, Scorched Baby Gem, Summer Pods & Parsley Shoots as a main and Hesketh Bank Strawberries, Simpsons Organic Cream & Northcote’s Garden Mint for dessert.

The judging panel, consisting of chairman Brian Mellor, Nigel Crane, managing director of Essential Cuisine, Steven Doherty, chef consultant, Chris Holland, Head Chef at Alderley Edge Hotel and contestant on Great British Menu and Graham Tinsley MBE, Head Chef at Carden Park Hotel, were unanimous that Danny’s menu was “well researched, and sublimely constructed”

Congratulations to the talented Danny!

Other competitors were:

  • Daniel Young, Lancashire – Northcote Manor (Winner)Sam Nash, Cumbria – L’Enclume (Runner-up)
  • Cara Maguire, Flintshire – The Tavern
  • Steven Halligan, Greater Manchester – Room Restaurant
  • Daniel Heffy, Merseyside – The Arts School
  • Ben Costello, Cheshire – The Chester Grosvenor

Read more: http://www.essentialcuisine.com/news/chef-young-north-wests-best-young-chef

 

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