Finalists revealed for Master of Culinary Arts 2017

The finalists for the 2017 Master of Culinary Arts have now been announced, with leading chefs from the likes of The Ritz, Coworth Park and The Montagu Arms Hotel making the cut.

The accolade, presented by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and presented every four years, celebrates the talent and skill of some of the best chefs, pastry chefs and restaurant managers working in high profile establishments across the UK.

Among the finalists are Chris Hill, premier sous chef, The Ritz Hotel; Ross Sneddon, executive pastry chef, The Balmoral Hotel and Pierre Rizet-Mosser, food & beverage manager, The Montagu Arms Hotel who are all competing in their respective categories for the winner’s title, which will be announced at a dinner on October 5th at Claridges.

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The winners will be judged on their skill and ability; decision making; management skill; knowledge of sustainability and demonstrate leadership and development of others.

The finalists are:


Adam Bennett, Chef Director, The Cross at Kenilworth

Chris Hill, Premier Sous Chef, The Ritz Hotel

Adam Smith, Executive Chef, Coworth Park

Adam Thomason, Head Chef, Deloitte, Restaurant Associates

Anthony Wright, Senior Chef Lecturer, University College Birmingham



Alistair Birt, Head Pastry Chef, Harrods

Nicolas Bouhelier, Head Pastry Chef, Lainston House Hotel

Nicholas Patterson, Teaching Chef, Le Cordon Bleu

Julie Sharp, Pastry Chef Technical Adviser, Barry Callebaut UK

Ross Sneddon, Executive Pastry Chef, The Balmoral Hotel



Lukas Andr, Restaurant Manager, Sexy Fish, Caprice Holdings

Alessandro Fasoli, General Manager, The Woodspeen Restaurant and Cookery School

Giovanni Ferlito, Head of Wine and Beverage, The Ritz London

Devid Isabella, Restaurant Manager, Wentworth Golf Club

Karim Le Cloarec, General Manager, Searcys at The Gherkin

Pierre Rizet-Mosser, Food & Beverage Manager, The Montagu Arms Hotel



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