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Danny Young of Northcote wins North West Young Chef of the Year 2014

Danny Young of Northcote wins North West Young Chef of the Year 2014

NORTHCOTE apprentice Danny Young has been crowned Essential Cuisine’s North West Young Chef of the Year 2014. The 20-year-old from Accrington held off strong competition from five other regional finalists in a tense, two and a half hour cook off at Manchester College.

Danny’s winning three-course menu consisted of:

  • Formby Asparagus, Poached Bowlands Forrest Free Range Egg & Hollandaise
  • Wheat-fed Goosnargh Guinea fowl, Leg Kiev, Scorched Baby Gem, Summer Pods & Parsley Shoots
  • Hesketh Bank Strawberries, Simpsons Organic Cream & Northcote’s Garden Mint

He said: “My regional heat was at the start of April, so it’s been a long time waiting – I was nervous coming into the competition but prepared for the finals by putting in the practice and getting my brigade to taste the dishes. I’d like to thank the whole team and head chef Lisa Allen for their patience and support.”

The judging panel included chairman Brian Mellor, Nigel Crane, managing director of Essential Cuisine, Steven Doherty, chef consultant, Chris Holland, Head Chef at Alderley Edge Hotel and contestant on Great British Menu and Graham Tinsley MBE, Head Chef at Carden Park Hotel. The were unanimous that Danny’s menu was “well researched, and sublimely constructed.” Nigel Crane said: “Congratulations to Danny – he really challenged himself to produce three outstanding plates of food, timed to perfection and on-brief. “The standard on show from every finalist this year has been fantastic and proof – if proof were needed – that young cooking talent is alive and well in our heartland of the North West.”

The competitors in full:

Daniel Young, Lancashire – Northcote Manor (Winner)
Sam Nash, Cumbria – L’Enclume (Runner-up)
Cara Maguire, Flintshire – The Tavern
Steven Halligan, Greater Manchester – Room Restaurant
Daniel Heffy, Merseyside – The Arts School
Ben Costello, Cheshire – The Chester Grosvenor

Posted: 24.06.14
Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants List

Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants List

The Sunday Times presented its fourth annual definitive list of Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants, produced in association with Harden’s. Another year, another 80,000 meals under their belts, and the nations most discerning and enthusiastic diners have spoken, more than 9,000 people contributed their scores and comments to the fourth annual Sunday Times Food List, dedicated to identifying the finest restaurant food in Britain.

Northcote took 44th place in this year’s Top 100 and 4th in the North West. Along with 12th place for the ‘Best Restaurant with Rooms”, 9th place for “Best Wine List” and 9th for “Best Dessert.”

View The Sunday Times List here.  

Posted: 22.01.14
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