Andras Toth Named Jurys Inn Young Chef of the Year 2013
Yesterday, Lifetime Training partner Jurys Inn played host to its inaugural apprentice cook-off Grand Final in Birmingham and awarded Andras Toth the Jurys Inn ‘Young Chef of the Year’ trophy.
On the day, it was down to two chef apprentices to battle it out: Andras Toth, 28 from Jurys Inn Brighton and Dina Spencer, 21 from Jurys Inn Southampton. They each served up a dish of Roast Lamb Cutlets and Seared Seabass to a panel of expert judges including Jurys Inn Birmingham General Manager Rachel Strange, Head Chef at Jurys Inn Glasgow Allan King, and Lifetime’s Key Account Manager Andrea Harrison.
The apprentices, who have been tutored by Lifetime Training for the last 12 months, were judged on their cooking preparation, technique, final dishes and implementation of their Apprenticeship learning.
On winning, the new Young Chef of the Year commented:
“I was really excited about the cook-off and felt very prepared for the competition so I’m pleased with today’s result.”
Edd Gallier, Jurys Inn Group Learning & Development Manager said:
“Both teams were very calm and collected throughout and although it was an extremely close call it came down to the more technical fish dish in the end. Andras simply excelled in his cooking technique. He has come a long way on his journey from starting out at Jurys Inn as a Kitchen Porter, to Commis Chef.”
Rachel Strange, Jurys Inn Birmingham General Manager added:
“The more difficult dish was actually Andras’ finest. We were all very impressed with the effort, determination and competence our finalists brought on the day.”
Andrea Harrison, Key Account Manager at Lifetime Training said:
“It’s great to see the culmination of all our hard work. Both apprentices now have the foundations to build on their hospitality careers with Chef de Partie positions their next move. Based on this year’s excellent group, we look forward to receiving next years’ apprentice cohort.”
In addition to Andras and Dina, Kevin Head, at Milton Keynes, Chris Preston, at Croydon and Piotr Pejas, at Watford have also now graduated from the Jurys Inn Young Chefs Development Programme.