Young chef takes title

A FORMER West Suffolk College student has won the prestigious title of Young Chef of the Year 2007.Simon Christey-French, 24 and originally from Stowmarket, now works at The Square, a Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair.

A FORMER West Suffolk College student has won the prestigious title of Young Chef of the Year 2007.

Simon Christey-French, 24 and originally from Stowmarket, now works at The Square, a Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair.

He was one of eight of the country's most talented young chefs who battled it out in a series of culinary challenges at Westminster Kingsway College recently.

Mr Christey-French won and received £2,000 courtesy of the Savoy Educational Trust, as well as a week's study trip to Berlin in the competition organised by The Restaurant Association.

His prize was presented at a glittering awards dinner at the InterContinental London, Park Lane, recently.

Chief judge Bruce Poole said: “There is always a lot involved in selecting the winner. Contestants have to be both technically and conceptually strong.

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“Simon was a clear winner though, he played to his strengths and his dishes were clean and clear, not over complicated.”

Mr Christey-French completed his professional catering diploma in 2003 at the college in Bury St Edmunds, before taking up a post at the Horn of Plenty, a luxury hotel in Devon.