Top kitchen staff encouraged to enter Britain’s Best Brigade


The search is now on to find Britain’s Best Brigade 2016, after Essential Cuisine launched its hunt for top kitchen talent for the second year running.

The chef competition, which was launched last year, calls for kitchen teams from eight regions across the UK – London, the South East, the South West, the Midlands, the North East, the North West & Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland –to put down on paper just why they think they should make the final cut.

The Stock People, along with a panel of chefs, will judge each one, before asking eight regional representatives to bring their entry to life with an inspiration 60-second video.

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These eight will then go forward to a public vote who will decide on who should be crowned Britain’s Best Brigade.

The winning team will receive a cash prize of £1,000 plus a bespoke menu development masterclass, while seven runners-up will also receive £300 towards a team night out.

Kitchens from across the hospitality sector are being encouraged to submit an entry, from contract caterers, pubs, hotels and restaurants, before April 22.

Nigel Crane, managing director for Essential Cuisine, said: “Teamwork is the element that elevates good chef teams to best brigades. Supreme skill and fantastic food are incredibly important factors in the success of an outlet, but in the heat of service, when the pressure is on, it is a solid team ethic that will carry you through to deliver brilliant dishes on time, every time.”

In 2015, the winner, The Heritage Motor Centre beat off stiff competition from the likes of the award-winning Kingham Plough and Jamie’s Italian York to be awarded the title of Britain’s Best.

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