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James Knight of Mayfair congratulates the graduates of the Craft Guild of Chef awards 2012


James Knight of Mayfair would like to heartily congratulate the five young chefs who passed this year’s rigorous Craft Guild of Chefs 2012 Graduate Awards exams.

At a special 10th anniversary awards lunch – sponsored by James Knight of Mayfair - at the Royal Garden Hotel in London, the five young chefs were named as Rebecca Reeves from the House of Commons, Ben Champkin from The Elephant Restaurant in Torquay, Kristian Curtis from Simpsons Restaurant in Birmingham, James Goodyear from Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons in Oxfordshire and Brian James from Bluebells Restaurant in Sunningdale, Berkshire.

“For the fishmongery section of the exam, we supplied each candidate with a 2kg line-caught Cornish seabass which had been sustainably sourced for their mystery basket ”, says Paschal Tiernan, Managing Director of James Knight of Mayfair.

“Judging by some of the comments that came from the judging panel, the preparation and cooking skills of these young people - all of whom are under 23 years old - was faultless”, he continues.  

“James Knight sponsors these awards every year because we know how important it is for young chefs to learn about provenance and sustainability. As well as supplying the seafood for the exam, we also provide knife skills training and take the graduates on a fishing trip and visits to coastal suppliers and aquaculture farms following the event”, he says.




Notes to editor

James Knight of Mayfair is London’s largest independent seafood wholesalers, supplying coastal fresh fish to restaurants, hotels, event caterers, pubs, online retailers and retailers. It also has a retail outlet in Selfridges Foodhall.

For more information, please contact:Paschal Tiernan
Managing Director
07961 359 279


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