It’s been a whirlwind of a week for the Ashbourne’s Chef de Partie, Connor Berney, who has reached the final two in a prestigious cooking competition.
Two weeks ago, Connor entered the HEYHA (Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitality Association) Copper Saucepan Apprentice Chef of the Year competition, now in its 10th year. The widely-respected competition for young chefs, is to showcase rising talent in the local area. Entrants must have been in the industry for no longer than four years, and must devise their own menu, reflecting their individual talents, whilst also using local, fresh ingredients.
Connor found himself competing against 9 other budding chefs on Monday 6th June at Hull College, where they each had to prepare, cook and present their dishes to the judging panel.
Incredibly, Connor was selected as one of the two finalists, who now each have to prepare a main course and dessert on the main stage of Beverley Food Festival in October, where the ultimate winner picks up the coveted Copper Saucepan, a cash prize, and a day in the kitchen of Winteringham Fields.
A delighted Connor said: “I still can’t believe I got down to the final two, I’m actually pinching myself! We had to submit our menu beforehand, and I was thrilled just to get through that stage to be honest. But now, to be selected as one of the final two, out of twelve competitors makes me so proud, and I’d like to thank Andrew and of course my kitchen team for supporting me throughout this process – I couldn’t have done this without them believing in me.”
Hotel owner, Ashley Lidgard said: “We are all so proud of Connor and what he has achieved. We’re big believers in helping talent grow to its full potential, and we’re seeing this happen very quickly with Connor – no doubt also down to the excellent kitchen team he is working with.”
We wish our Connor the very best of luck for the final in October, and would also like to offer our services as chief tasters for any dishes he’d like to try out beforehand!
Watch this space…..