The Royal Albion Pub In Maidstone Wins ‘Best Of British’ Chef Competition

Stephen Osbourn chef, at the Royal Albion pub in Maidstone, Kent has won the ‘Best of British’ chef competition run by foodservice industry, Brakes and Kent’s master brewer Shepherd Neame.

The contest was launched by Brakes in conjunction with British Food Fortnight (17 September to 2 October 2011). It aims to raise awareness of British products with chefs throughout the region – and allows Shepherd Neame chefs to showcase their skills.

Shepherd Neame chefs were asked to submit recipes, costings and photographs of two innovative dishes using British ingredients supplied by Brakes. First round judging took place in late July by local celebrity chef Richard Phillips.

The three finalists Ellina Smith from The Wharf, Dartford, Shephen Harmsworth from the Marine Hotel, Tankerton and Stephen Osbourn from the Royal Albion Hotel, Maidstone were joined by Richard Phillips at Brakes Group head office in London’s Covent Garden for the final live ‘cook off’.

Stephen Osbourn, the winning chef from the Royal Albion Hotel, created an outstanding meal of Roast cod rarebit on leek and thyme potato cakes with pea pureé with red amaranth and fish foam, followed by a Baked Stilton and Bramley apple cheesecake on a poppy seed and walnut base with balsamic dressed strawberries, all produced entirely from British ingredients. Stephen was judged by Richard Phillips, Brakes development chef John Homewood and Brakes food centre manager Zoe Gill on his use of British ingredients, taste, presentation and the overall balance of the dishes.

Head of food marketing at Brakes, Sally Sturley commented: “The calibre of entries in this year’s competition was extremely high – demonstrating strong support amongst British pubs for British products. Kent is especially famous for its orchards and farms which supply fresh fruit and vegetables across the country.

“Contestants produced unique, tasty dishes – showcasing the ‘Best of British.’ It was a difficult task for the judges to choose a winner but Stephen made exceptional use of all British ingredients and created a stunning two course meal, which won him the title.”

‘Best of British 2011’ winner Stephen Osbourn received a one-to-one tuition course from celebrity chef Richard Philips and a three piece Global kitchen knife set as his prize.

Shepherd Neame will be offering the winning dish on the menus of some of their managed house’s during British Food Fortnight (17 September to 2 October 2011). Visit
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