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Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2017: Chef of the Year

PUBLISHED: 11:02 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:02 25 July 2017

We reveal our Chef of the Year

We reveal our Chef of the Year


We reveal the winner of Chef of the Year

Hertfordshire is home to some of the most celebrated chefs in the country. This award aims to recognise those who show an exceptional awareness of produce and have the knowledge and expertise to use their ingredients to create sensational, seasonal menus using local produce where ever possible.

This award is sponsored by the Cheese Plate, read more about them here.

The finalists...

Matthew Hill, The Grill Room, Down Hall, Bishop’s Stortford

As Down Hall’s head chef, Matthew oversees all food and beverage operations at the country house hotel and runs the 66-cover restaurant, The Grill Room. The restaurant specialises in Anglo-French cuisine with signature dishes of salt baked beetroot, goats curd and candied walnuts and panfried salmon with Down Hall garden salad.

Matthew Edmonds, Auberge du Lac, nr Welwyn

A keen forager and passionate supporter of local producers, Matthew was the perfect choice for head chef when Auberge du Lac relaunched at the beginning of this year. His previous head chef roles at Searcy’s at The Gherkin and The Grantley Arms have given him the experience to hit the ground running and put many exciting plans in place for the future of Auberge du Lac.

Chad Rahman, Chez Mumtaj, St Albans

Award-winning executive chef Chad Rahman pushes the boundaries of modern French-Asian cuisine at his boutique-style restaurant in St Albans. His cuisine is unique, based on the Asian philosophy of natural seasonal flavours.

And the winner is...

Chad Rahman, Chez Mumtaj, St Albans

The judges said of our winner: The winner is a chef who has tremendous passion for food and cooking, he enjoys the process of selecting foods, preparing meals, and creating menus that will excite the customer and make a true dining experience. The judges were very impressed that they were cooking from first principles and how they see the importance of training the next generation of chefs. The food served was fresh clean and had plenty of flavours. Each dish was excellent and was thoroughly enjoyed.


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