GALLERY: Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards Chef of the Year cook-off

Judging at the MK Food Awards
Judging at the MK Food Awards

The Milton Keynes Food and Leisure Awards cook-off took place at MK College today.

Seven of the best chefs from around the city were competing for the coveted Chef of the Year Award.

This year’s entrants are Aaron Johnson from the Carrington Arms, Zbyna Zatloukal from the Hilton, Kevin Close from Betsey Wynne in Swanbourne, Shane Clarke from The Swan in Salford, Sean Austin from the Black Horse in Woburn, Dave Green from Mercure Parkside and Nolan Page from the Swan in Woburn Sands.

The Milton Keynes Food and Leisure Awards aim to honour the best restaurants, pubs, hotels, chefs, gyms and destinations in the city. It’s remit goes beyond simple food and drink with gongs up for grabs for the best waiter or waitress, best hotel and the top attraction.

The 2013 awards will be held at Jury’s Inn in CMK on May 12.

The live cook-off will see chefs produce a starter, main and dessert for a panel of judges.

Citizen Deputy Editor Craig Lewis, one of the judges, said: “The standard of the food was fantastic yet again.

“Judging is always a hard job – but somebody has to do it.”

And fellow judge, Craig Decent, from the University of Buckingham, added: “I didn’t realise that Milton Keynes had such a high calibre of chefs.

“Now we are well and truly on the up.”

The full list of judges was Trevor Garrod from Savona, Phil Fanning from Paris House, Craig Lewis from the Citizen, Janine Lane, Skyline’s Gavin Sokhi, Craig Decent from the University of Buckingham and Stewart Elsmore from MK Hoteliers Association.

The results will be revealed at the awards ceremony in May.

For more information on Milton Keynes Food and Leisure Awards website at

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