Jul 28, 2022 2 min read

National Chef of the Year UK: 2022 semi finalists revealed

National Chef of the Year UK: 2022 semi finalists revealed
National Chef of the Year

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the competition and the judges are looking for the next person to follow in the footsteps of recent champions Thomas Swaby, Nick Smith and Steve Groves.


Throughout the day, some of the most talented chefs in Great Britain have been receiving a gift in the post courtesy of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Continental Chef Supplies (CCS) and Churchill. The package includes a chef’s jacket and Churchill crockery which signifies that the chef has made it into the semi-final of National Chef of the Year.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the competition and the judges are looking for the next person to follow in the footsteps of recent champions Thomas Swaby, Nick Smith and Steve Groves. National Chef of the Year was first run in 1972 and winners in the last fifty years have also included Gordon Ramsay, Simon Hulstone and Alyn Williams.

The 40 semi-finalists are:

  • Kyle Bowman, Sodexo, Tyne and Wear
  • Caley Briddick, The Globe, Devon
  • Ross Brown, BaxterStorey, London
  • Louisa Budds, The Bookstore, Kent
  • Carl Cleghorn, Thornbury Castle Hotel, Bristol
  • Ross Cochrane, Rothesay Rooms, Aberdeenshire
  • Daniel Conlon, Rafters Restaurant, Sheffield
  • Cleverson Cordeiro, Frog by Adam Handling, London
  • Oliver Dovey, BaxterStorey based at Coutt's Bank, London
  • Ben Drake, The Elephant Restaurant, Devon
  • Craig Edgell, Buoy and Oyster, Kent
  • Benjamin Evans-Dodd, Rafters at Riverside House, Derbyshire
  • Iain Gourlay, Cringletie House Hotel, Scottish Borders
  • Sarah-Jasmina Green, Embassy of Finland, London
  • Vladimir Hromek, South Farm Wedding Venue, Cambridgeshire
  • Dion Jones, Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa, Cheshire
  • Ashok Kumar, Atul Kochhar's Hospitality Group, Petts Wood
  • Jethro Lawrence, Apetito, Wiltshire
  • Rob Marshall, The Square Peg, Kent
  • David Millar, Jupiter Artland, West Lothian
  • Ben Murphy, Launceston Place, London
  • Liam Newman, The Swan Brasserie, Kent
  • Christopher Niven, Marine & Lawn Hotels, East Lothian
  • Terry O'Riordan, Keto Chefs, Essex
  • Lee Parsons, The Parsons Table, West Sussex
  • April Lily Partridge, The Ledbury, London
  • Russell Plowman, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Perthshire
  • Stefan Sewell, Royal Air Force, Suffolk
  • Jack Shaw, BaxterStorey, London
  • Liam Skelton, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire
  • Matthew Smith, Inver, Argyll & Bute
  • Adam Smith, Gravetye Manor, West Sussex
  • Alexander Steward, Hartwell House Hotel, Buckinghamshire
  • Nat Tallents, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
  • Mattie Tew, Royal Navy Culinary Arts Team, Hampshire
  • Gary Townsend, One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow
  • Charlotte Vincent, Noble Inns, Surrey
  • Kacper Walor, chef, London
  • Grahame Wickham, The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst
  • Tim Zekki, Duende, Somerset

Joel Gudheimsson
I'm a vice principal at a culinary School writing about the things I think is interesting In the culinary industry, world wide.
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