Bringing Home GOLD with England's National Culinary Team
As official sponsors to England’s National Culinary Team, what better result could be wished for than a Gold in the 2016 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt.
Longstanding partners of the BCF and proud sponsors of England's National Culinary Team, who endorse our Pan-Asian range, Major and England were certainly done proud in the recent Culinary Olympics held in Erfurt. Competing every two years consecutively in major worldwide culinary competitions, namely the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg and The Culinary Olympics in Erfurt in Germany (both held every four years), the team are instrumental in representing and demonstrating the nation’s high level of culinary expertise in the international arena.
A week before the team flew out, Major had the pleasure of bumping into Rob Kennedy, who was confident about the task ahead and the team’s recipes for success. “We are a great team with a great rapport and are very prepared. There is a tremendous skill set between all ten members supporting the senior team and we are confident about a win. In the hot kitchen, we have put together some great dishes. A starter of fresh diver-caught scallops with some lovely smoked eel, a slow cooked, tender and delicious beef dish for the main and, to finish, a caramel and chocolate dessert with pears and some other really wonderful flavours. To be honest, putting the three dishes together, if all goes well on the day and we give it one hundred per cent, it will be about marks up, not marks down. We are going for Gold.”
His predictions could not have been more accurate. In the four day event, where there are usually on average 36 national teams, 20 junior teams and 10 kitchens all producing food for up to a thousand people per day, both teams Junior and Senior teams came up trumps. The Junior team were awarded Bronze in the Hot Kitchen and Silver in Edible Buffet. But it was the Senior Team who really stole the show. Winning that all coveted Gold Medal in the Restaurant of Nations Hot Kitchen and scoring Bronze in the Buffet class. Proving that English Chefs are a culinary force to be reckoned with.
Major’s MD David Bryant was in Erfurt for the occasion and could not have been happier. “This is the reason Major are always keen to get behind and sponsor. Doing our part to help talented chefs such as Rob Kennedy lead the way in such a huge and dynamic competition arena, pitching their skills against some of the best in the world on a global stage, it is not only an honour but as a company who base ourselves on providing chefs with a quality base to work from, is our way of paying something back to the industry and encouraging future success.”
The proof of this team's capabilities was definitely in the pudding. “The England Team’s dinner on the night was simply terrific,” continued Bryant. “Beautifully presentation, with an array of wonderful flavours. It really was a truly outstanding performance by all the members of the team. A great result from an extremely talented group of chefs.”