Hunt for Britain’s Best Brigade steps up as deadline looms

The deadline for entries in the hunt for Britain’s Best Brigade is looming, as a new judge joins the process and organisers urge kitchen teams to get their submissions in.

The chef competition, run by the stock people Essential Cuisine, is encouraging kitchen teams across the country to put their establishment on the map and stake their claim on the title of Britain’s Best Brigade.

The winners will receive £1,000 cash and a development masterclass with one of the UK’s top chefs.

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No matter what sector you work in, all entrants need to do is go to and leave a few details about what sets them and their chef team apart from the pack. From there, eight regional finalists will be chosen to go head to head in a public video vote.

With entries flooding in from eight UK regions – London, the South East, the South West, the Midlands, the North East, the North West & Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland – Essential Cuisine’s new competition has been bolstered by the addition of British Culinary Federation vice chairman Matt Davies to the judging panel.

The group executive head chef of Staffordshire’s The Lewis Partnership, joins chef patron of Liverpool’s Hope Street Hotel, Paul Askew; executive chef at London’s Park Lane Sheraton, Andrew Bennett MBE and Dorchester-trained Essential Cuisine MD, Nigel Crane, on the judging panel.

On his appointment, Matt commented: “I’m delighted to be judging Best Brigades and am greatly looking forward working with Paul, Andrew and Nigel to choose our finalists. There’s no room in the modern kitchen for egos, it’s about team players, individuals with discipline, skill, empathy communication, style and belief. These are the ingredients that make the best brigades, and that’s what I’ll be looking out for as a judge.”

Those looking to find out more about the competition can go to



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