From 6-7 July, The University of Sheffield, in conjunction with Sheffield College, will jointly host the 19th Skills for Chefs conference. Star chefs, demonstrations and more are scheduled at the event, which will take place at Sheffield College.
Above (l-r): Nathan Outlaw, Mark Stinchcombe and Graham Garrett
Opening the Skills for Chefs conference will be two-star Michelin chef Nathan Outlaw, fresh from judging the Young Restaurant Team of the Year 2016.
Masterchef Mark Stinchcombe and Graham Garrett, writer of ‘Sex, Drugs and Sausage Rolls” headline day one. Winner of Masterchef Professional in 2015, Stinchcombe’s Eckington Manor cooking schools have also been featured on the BBC’s Apprentice. Garrett, since touring the world, drumming for 80s band The Dumb Blondes, has gained 3AA rosettes and held a Michelin star at The West House since 2004.
Appearing at Skills for Chefs for the first time is Executive Chef from Sandhurst Military Academy, Rob Kennedy. Also appearing for the first time is Michelin Starred chef Geoffrey Smeddle, from the Peat Inn in Scotland. Sure to be popular, will be the chocolate masterclass hosted by Sheffield College tutor, Mick Burke.
The second day celebrates Northern Island’s Year of Food and Drink with Danni Barry from Michael Deane’s Eipic and Stevie Toman from Ox. Both chefs have been recently awarded Michelin stars for their restaurants in Belfast.
Richard Bainbridge, who you may recognise from the BBC’s Great British Menu and from Benedicts in Norwich, will be hosting a masterclass showcasing his signature dishes.
Expect nothing short of innovative, creative dishes at the Koppert Cress taste experience with Marcel Thiele and Franck Pontais.
Chef Jordi Gallego from Madrid will be hosting a Spanish themed evening to close the first day. Closing proceedings on the second day there will be a Great British themed menu using produce from England Scotland, Ireland and Wales cooked by both University and Sheffield College chefs. Bodegas Riojanas will be supplying all the wines for both evenings from their specialist wineries in Spain.
The chosen charity for the 2016 Chef Skills event is the Teenage Cancer Trust.