Träkol chef reaches final of Young National Chef of the Year

The Craft Guild of Chefs has revealed its finalists for the prestigious Young National Chef of the Year (YNCOTY) competition with 10 chefs – including Owen Connell, chef de partie at Träkol – in the running for the top award.

To impress the judging panel – which is chaired by Hrishikesh Desai, executive chef/food and beverage manager at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House – and take a finalist spot, the chefs had to create a three-course menu which centred around British-themed dishes with a twist. They will now serve these dishes in the final, which will be screened on Thursday October 21.

For the first course, chefs will create a modern vegetarian or vegan version of a classic Scotch broth. The main course will be a take on a classic fish and chips using a prime fillet of haddock or cod from Seafood from Norway. Judges have also asked for an interpretation of a classic crumble using seasonal fruits for dessert.

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