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Le Taittinger Prix Culinaire

Le Taittinger Prix Culinaire 2016 (50 Anniversary)

ORIGINS OF A LE TAITTINGER PRIX CULINAIRE INTERNATIONAL Pierre Taittinger, founder of the champagne brand of the same name, was passionate about fine cuisine and occupied the celebrated 22nd chair at the Académie des Gastronomes. In 1966 to pay tribute to his memory and to keep alive his vision of French haute cuisine, the idea of holding an international gastronomic competition organised and judged by professionals was born. The man or woman in white, the chef hidden away in the kitchen, would finally be in the spotlight as they paid homage to a particular style of cuisine, combining classical rules… Read More »

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Nigel Haworth

Nigel Haworth – Night 16

SUNDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2016 NIGEL HAWORTH Northcote Northcote Road Langho, Blackburn BB6 8BE +44 (0)1254 240555 ‘I’m looking at dishes that are linked to this area that can be taken to a higher level just by pure simplicity and quality of ingredients’. Lancastrian chef Nigel Haworth has been the driving culinary force behind Northcote for more than 30 years and has made Langho a place of gastronomic pilgrimage for foodies from all over the country. His championing of regional British produce and traditional British dishes has helped define the path of modern British cooking, inspiring countless chefs across… Read More »

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Lisa Allen & Chantelle Nicholson

Lisa Allen & Chantelle Nicholson – Night 15

SATURDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2016 LISA ALLEN Northcote Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn, BB6 8BE +44 (0)1254 240555 ‘Her wild rabbit and leek turnover with piccalilli was served to Prince Charles at a banquet celebrating the National Trust’. Lancashire born Lisa Goodwin-Allen has been at the heart of the Northcote kitchen since becoming Head Chef a decade ago. Attaining such a prestigious role at any time in a chef ’s career would be a notable achievement, but the fact that Goodwin-Allen was just 23 at the time makes it all the more impressive. Trained at Lancaster and Morecambe College, Goodwin-Allen… Read More »

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Wojciech Modest-Amaro

Wojciech Modest-Amaro – Night 14

FRIDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2016 WOJCIECH MODEST-AMARO Atelier Amaro Agrykola 1, 00-640 Warszawa, Poland 0048 22 628 57 47 ‘I call it the art of observing nature. My food tells the whole story about what I observe’. Nature meets science at Michelin-starred Polish chef Wojciech Modest-Amaro’s award winning restaurant Atelier Amaro. Born in 1972 in Sosnowiec, a Silesian city in the south of Poland, Modest-Amaro left Poland in 1993, travelling to London where he worked for chef Nigel Davis at St. Quentin Brasserie in Knightsbridge and Michel Roux Jr at world famous two Michelin-starred Le Gavroche. After trips to… Read More »

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Diego Hernandez

Diego Hernández – Night 13

THURSDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2016 DIEGO HERNÁNDEZ Corazón de Tierra Rancho San Marcos S/N, El Porvenir 22750 Ensenada, B.C. Mexico +52 646 156 8030 ‘Hernández very particular and original take on ‘farm to fork’ cuisine has put him at the cutting edge of world gastronomy’. Diego Hernández is one of a new generation of forward thinking chefs who are putting Mexico on the world culinary map. Born in Ensenada (the third largest city in Baja California on Mexico’s nor th coast), Hernández worked for some of Mexico’s top pioneering modern chefs including Benito Molina of Manzanilla in Baja, Guillermo… Read More »

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Robert Ortiz

Robert Ortiz – Night 12

WEDNESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2016 ROBERT ORTIZ Lima 31 Rathbone Place Fitzrovia, London W1T 1JH 0044 203 002 2640 ‘Peruvian food is unquestionably fashionable in the UK at the moment, but it’s no flash in the pan’. Robert Ortiz is the first Peruvian chef ever to win a Michelin star. Born in the Amazon region of Peru near to the Marañón River, Ortiz worked at the renowned Costa Verde in Lima before heading to London. After stints at restaurants taking in a variety of cuisines including Spanish and Italian, he took a position at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel… Read More »

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Arnaud Bignon

Arnaud Bignon – Night 11

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2016 ARNAUD BIGNON The Greenhouse 27a Hay’s Mews Mayfair, London W1J 5NY +44 (0)207 499 3331 ‘Bignon serves a modern, light version of haute cuisine based on classical French principles but with noticeable Asian influences’. Arnaud Bignon is one of just 22 two Michelin-starred chefs currently working in the UK. He arrived in London in 2012 having begun his career in his native France at the tender age of 15, spending 13 years in Paris that included time working for the legendary Alain Ducasse and six formative years with three Michelin-starred Eric Fréchon at Le… Read More »

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Peter Tempelhoff

Peter Tempelhoff – Night 10

MONDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2016 PETER TEMPELHOFF Greenhouse at the Cellars-Hohenort The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road 7800 Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa 0027 21 795 6226 ‘Since 2008 he has overseen the five Relais & Châteaux restaurants within the ‘Collection by Liz McGrath’ group of hotels’. Peter Tempelhoff is one of the most innovative chefs working in South Africa today. It was while studying Economics at university that he discovered his passion for food, enrolling in Cape Town’s Institute of Culinary Arts, where he was awarded a bursary to study at the Culinary Institute of America in Newhaven,… Read More »

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Hideaki Matsuo

Hideaki Matsuo – Night 9

SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY 2016 HIDEAKI MATSUO Kashiwaya 2-5-18 Senriyama-nishi Suita-shi, 565-0851, Osaka, Japan +81 (0)6 63 86 22 34 ‘Matsuo’s eight-course ‘kaiseki’ (formal, multi-course) menus are inspired by the memory of his first tea ceremony’. Hideaki Matsuo is a master of ‘ryotei’, an exclusive, ultrapremium style of Japanese haute cuisine. He took an unusual route to the professional kitchen, first picking up a degree in theoretical physics from Kansai University before training for three years with acclaimed chef Hidetaro Nakamura at Shofukuro restaurant in Shiga. In 1993 he took over the kitchens of Kashiwaya, the family business set… Read More »

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André Garrett

André Garrett – Night 8

SATURDAY 30TH JANUARY 2016 ANDRÉ GARRETT André Garrett at Cliveden Cliveden House & Pavilion Spa Taplow, Berkshire SL6 0JF +44 (0)1628 668 561 ‘Garrett’s style of cooking marries a peerless technique, deeply rooted in classical cuisine but with lots of modernising touches to lighten the food’. That Andre Garrett has his name above the door at one of England’s finest addresses will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed his career. The Bath-born chef moved to London in the early 90s to work with culinary legend Nico Ladenis, ultimately becoming Head Chef of the acclaimed Nico… Read More »

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