The Jersey-based site the Atlantic Hotel has announced that its newly appointed executive chef has secured a place as a finalist in the race to be named Craft Guild’s chef of the year.
The hotel’s newly appointed executive chef Will Holland is a finalist in this year’s Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year competition.
The awards, which take place at the Restaurant Show in London on October 3 shortly before Will joins The Atlantic on October 16, will see Holland compete against nine other shortlisted chefs.
Following four semi-final heats the final will see the 10 shortlisted chefs create dishes using a mystery selection of ingredients. The competition is based on culinary skills, interpretation of ingredients and the resulting imaginative creations.
Patrick Burke, owner and managing director of the Atlantic Hotel, said: “We are thrilled that Will Holland will be representing The Atlantic Hotel and Jersey at the final of the National Chef of the Year competition this October. Will is an immensely talented chef with a real passion for celebrating local ingredients. His creativity and skills have impressed us from the outset and we wish him every success.”
Judges on the 2017 panel include Philip Howard, Claude Bosi, Dan Docherty, Paul Ainsworth and Sat Bains, along with chair of judges Gary Jones of Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons. Previous winners include Gordon Ramsay, Alyn Williams and Mark Sargeant.
Holland has previously been recognised by The Good Food Guide as one of its predicted 10 most influential chefs of the next decade and was named UK Restaurant Chef of the Year 2016 by the Craft Guild of Chefs.