December 18, 2011

The new Broadland Farms Fresh Turkey range from Bernard Matthews Foodservice is proudly sponsoring Contract Catering Chef of the Year at the 2012 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards.

The prestigious award is one of 15 set to be presented to leading lights from across the industry at the Going for Gold-themed event at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, June 13th 2012.

Duncan Marsh, general manager for Bernard Matthews Foodservice, supplier of British turkey products, said it was crucial to recognise the high calibre of contract caterers in the industry.

“Through the development of our Golden Norfolk and Big Green Tick ranges, plus our ongoing support of industry events such as National School Meals Week, we have come into contact with some exceptional contract caterers, who are not just great chefs, but take in their stride the daily challenge of managing complex budgets and menu planning. This should be recognised.”

Craft Guild of Chefs vice president Steve Munkley said the annual awards aimed to reward passionate and dedicated UK chefs who gave their all in an often thankless career.

“Being a chef can be a real labour of love and the role of these awards is to recognise the sheer commitment put in by many, as well as individual talents,” he said.

For a chance to win an award, candidates must first be nominated by a peer or mentor. They are then scrutinised by a judging panel of chefs from different sectors.

This year, nominations are open for outstanding military chefs, with the introduction of a new award specifically recognising those who feed our Armed Forces.

Each year, there is also a Special Achievement Award, reserved for an exceptional personality who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole. Last year’s went to Philip Howard, who has cooked at the two Michelin-starred ‘The Square’ restaurant for over 20 years and has become a hugely respected chef in the industry.

To nominate someone for the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards Contract Catering Chef of the Year 2012, visit www.craftguildofchefs.org. The deadline for entries is March 9th 2012. For further information, please log onto www.craftguildofchefs.org. For more information on the Broadland Farms Fresh Turkey range from Bernard Matthews Foodservice call 0845 519 4097.