Winner crowned in Buzzworks Chef competition

Chefs from Buzzworks Holdings just went head to head Buzzworks Cook ‘n’ Crown, with Chef Gabriella Crawford from the Millhouse in Stewarton coming out on top with her ‘perfect’ Skate wing, pea and asparagus risotto along with a brown shrimp butter sauce.

Now in its second year, 14 Commis Chefs and Chef de Parties were in the running and the event took place at Ayrshire College, with chefs representing all ten of Buzzworks venues.

The event featured a live cooking demonstration from Buzzworks Executive Head Chef Duncan McKay,  and judges marked each chef on time management, control of cookery processes, food preparation skill, hygiene, organisation, presentation of dish, taste and flavour.

Gabriella took home a Midori Knife worth £100, a £100 meal experience voucher and a culinary book, to hone her skills further.

Chef Jacopo Delle Piane from Lido Troon came in second, while James McKinlay from Treehouse in Ayr was in third place.

Kenny Blair, Managing Director of Buzzworks Holdings, said, “We are renowned for our high quality dishes, and that comes from the fantastic chefs working hard in the kitchen to create plates to suit all tastes and occasions.

“The standard of our chefs is fantastic and we love to challenge them to bring out their best, so congratulations to everyone who took part in our Buzzworks Cook ‘n’ Crown, and especially well done to Gabriella. Everyone can certainly be proud of their performance on the day.”

The award-winning business –  voted one of The Sunday Times best 100 companies to work for in the UK – says that it is always on the lookout for chefs who are passionate about good food and want to work with the best.



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