Young chefs show off their skills to notch up two award wins


The Woburn Hotel is demonstrating that nurturing young talent in the kitchen really does pay off, as two members of its staff were awarded accolades for their cooking skills this month.

Kayleigh Button, pastry chef at the hotel since August 2015, scooped Gold at Hotelympia’s Salon Culnaire, for her novelty cake in the junior section, which saw budding chefs under the age of 23 go head to head.

Her winning cake was inspired by the Roald Dahl stories and is now on display in the reception at The Woburn Hotel.

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To add to the hotel’s winning streak, Jake Stokes, commis chef at The Woburn Hotel since June 2015, won ‘Zest Quest Asia’ 2016 as part of a team of students from Milton Keynes College, where he is currently training.

Zest Quest Asia is a student chef’s competition to find those with the best knowledge and skills in Asian cuisine and Jake’s winning team competed against five other colleges to be given the top prize.

The 4 AA starred Woburn Hotel is part of the 3,000 acre Woburn Abbey Estate in Bedfordshire, complete with 2 AA star restaurant, Olivier’s.

Commenting on his impressive young team, Olivier Bertho, executive chef at Olivier’s and The Sculpture Gallery, said: “As a team we are proud of Kayleigh and Jake. They work so hard to make sure that they are at the top of their game, and that goes to show with these impressive results.

“At Woburn we strongly believe in nurturing young talent, and pushing them to the best of their abilities. We have a number of staff members that have worked their way up through the ranks over the years. We believe in our staff and we want them to achieve great things; that is why we are constantly training and developing our teams to encourage growth.”