Robert Claims Top Chef Award.
Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, 26th July 2004.

A talented young chef from North Lincolnshire has beaten off competition from up and down the country to be named 'Young Chef of the Year' at a prestigious London Ceremony.

Robert Thompson, head chef at the renowned Winteringham Fields restaurant, was honoured during a glittering awards ceremony at the Savoy Hotel on Tuesday evening. Robert beat off stiff opposition from around the whole of the UK to be awarded the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs title.

 


A talented young chef from North Lincolnshire has beaten off competition from up and down the country to be named 'Young Chef of the Year' at a prestigious London Ceremony.

Robert Thompson, head chef at the renowned Winteringham Fields restaurant, was honoured during a glittering awards ceremony at the Savoy Hotel on Tuesday evening. Robert beat off stiff opposition from around the whole of the UK to be awarded the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs title.

And Robert was not only flying the flag for North Lincolnshire but for the whole of the North, as his was the only award which did not go to the South of the country.

Restaurant owner Annie Schwab who nominated him for the award, said Robert knew he had been shortlisted for the title, but had no idea that he had won.

She said he received a special jacket, a crystal trophy engraved with his name and a magnum of Champagne.

The trophy was presented by the Countess of Wessex.

"To win the award they have to excel above any other young chef. He is only 22 and already head chef here with us," said Annie.

"We are really proud of him. He has been with us two-and-a-half years and he has really come on - he's going to be one of the stars of the future."

And the young chef, who dreams of owning his own restaurant one day, said he was proud to bring a trophy home to the North.

 

"It was brilliant - I am still on cloud nine at the moment," said Robert.

It's really great and nice to feel you have been noticed, especially when we are working out this way. It was a really good atmosphere on the night - there were lots of people from the industry there."

And, he added, as always, there were more competitions he was hoping to enter in his bid to scoop more awards for the restaurant.

Established in 1965, the Craft Guild of Chefs has developed into the leading chef's association in the UK and has many members worldwide.

The awards recognise the work of Britain's finest chefs and acknowledge standards of excellence in the industry.

Robert, who scooped third place in a practical contest during October, has worked at Winteringham Fields restaurant for two years.

He did not have to cook for the Craft Guild of Chefs event, but Robert was selected by a panel of judges after being nominated by his boss.

The Winteringham resident is now planning to gain more experience at the restaurant and to build up a reputation of his own before fulfilling his dream of owning his own place one day.

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