Craft Guild of Chefs reveal the ‘Secret Seven’ Graduate Chefs

After a nerve-wracking three weeks wait, the Craft Guild of Chefs has announced that seven chefs have made the grade in the 2017 Graduate Awards examination.

As keen supporters of the Craft Guild of Chefs, we were delighted to join in the celebrations. Following a series of involved tests which included a paper exam, fishmongery and butchery skills tests, creation of classic recipes and preparation of their own dish using a basket of mystery ingredients, the following chefs were successful:

Steve Munkley, who founded the Graduate Awards in 2002 said: “It makes me feel extremely proud that today we are celebrating fifteen years of the Graduate Awards. The reason I created them was to ensure that there was a channel for young chefs to develop the skills they have learnt at college and take them to the next level. I always follow the careers of those who have achieved this award and have seen some go on to gain Michelin stars, win national awards, work in some of the world’s best restaurants and compete in worldwide competitions. This year alone, there are two former Graduates competing in the National Chef of the Year final which is incredible to see.”

Robert Tayler, head chef from The Compasses Inn was announced as the Mentor of the Year for his support of finalist, Jessica Deakin.

Well done to you all from everyone at Oranka!