Scott and Akbar named as latest chefs to take part in cook-off

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TWO more finalists in the city’s chef of the year contest have been named.

Scott Ludlow and Akbar Ali will compete for the title as part of the first ever Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards.

Akbar Ali

Akbar Ali

In all there will be eight finalists, with Mark Austin from The Swan Salford, Saj Khan of the Calcutta Brasserie, Chicheley Hall head chef Terry Pritchard, The Woburn Brasserie’s sous chef Adam Smith and Kingfisher Country Club head chef Paul Capener already named.

The competitors will take part in a live cook off at MK College on April 18.

Scott, 24, is the Head Chef and co-owner of The Purple Goose Restaurant in Woburn Sands. He uses new techniques including nitrogen foamers for textures, atomisers to create aromas around dishes and a spray paint gun for chocolate and gold leaf on desserts.

Akbar Ali is the owner of the Kardamom Lounge in Stony Stratford. The 43-year-old has previously worked in his family business in Alton and managed a restaurant in Gran Canaria.

Scott Ludlow

Scott Ludlow

The Kardamom Lounge has been open since 2006 and won a string of top awards, including the 2007 British Curry Award and the 2009 Customers Excellance award from C&A. In 2009 the restaurant was also named the Best Indian Restaurant In MK.

MK Food & Leisure Awards, backed by the Citizen, aims to honour the best restaurants, pubs, hotels, gyms and destinations in the city,

The winners will be announced at a gala event at the Swan Inn in Milton Keynes Village on May 13.