Our National Chef of the Year 2014
Russell Bateman crowned National Chef of the Year 2014
Russell Bateman, our Colette’s Head Chef, recently won the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs, National Chef of the Year 2014, following an intense two hour cook off at The Restaurant Show.
Russell saw off stiff competition in The Restaurant Show’s Live Theatre finale, against top chefs from across the UK*, as each prepared a three course meal in just two hours, from a small pre-selection of ingredients.
An esteemed panel of more than 40 top British chefs, including Brett Graham, Bruce Poole, Clare Smyth, Jason Atherton, Marcus Wareing and Tom Kerridge, led by chair of judges including Phil Howard, assessed the competitors through their paper entries, semi-final heats and the final itself.
Russell’s winning menu featured an oyster panna cotta with scallop and apple tartare and a chilled celeriac consomméstarter, along with an elegant twist on a traditional rocky road, with chocolate ganache, whipped white chocolate, fig puree and marshmallows made with port. Both the victorious starter and dessert are now available to try on Colette’s menu.
Russell commented: “It feels unbelievable to have won; it's a massive, massive achievement. At Colette’s, our focus is always on deliciousness, creating simple dishes which let the ingredients speak for themselves, whether they are from suppliers, or our own Walled Garden. I applied the same principles to the competition, focusing on flavour, simplicity, precision and restraint - the results speak for themselves.”
Russell, pictured here with Fred Wilson (left), Colette's Chef de Partie and Danny Hoang (right), Colette’s Demi Chef de Partie, who won Gold at the Euro Skills 2014 in Lille.