Sheff’s Kitchen is a competition between some of Sheffield’s most talented chefs to not only promote how much talent Sheffield has when it comes to cooking, but also raise money for Whirlow Hall Farm which is a fantastic education and environmental charity based on a working farm on the outskirts of Sheffield. They provide children and young people (mainly those from a disadvantaged background, special needs or those at a risk of permanent educational exclusion) with an experience of farming, horticulture and the countryside.
The brief for the first round of the competition this year was ‘A Decade Through Time’ and the chef’s could chose how to represent this in anyway, shape or form they liked. On the 14th of August, Head Chef Lee cleaned up in the first round of “Sheff’s Kitchen 2016” with a conclusive victory. Up against Richard Storer (The Rutland Arms) who served some flavour-packed dishes, Lee’s menu won both the “diner’s choice award” and judges vote. Lee chose an eighties inspired menu that combined both his childhood memories and the first ten years of Whirlow Hall Farm. This heat had Nicky Baker (Eat Sheffield) and Ellen Beardmore (Food editor at The Telegraph) as the guest judges who decided that the innovation and technique showed by Lee won him the evening.
Silversmiths have been proud to support this fantastic foodie event since it first began three years ago. In the first year, it was only our Head Chef Lee and Simon Ayres from The Cross Scythes competing against each other. The competition has now stepped up a gear and this year involved 6 of Sheffield’s best chefs all competing against each other to get to the final which will be against Charlie Curran from Peppercorn who is defending his title after winning last year’s comp.
After being in the final two years ago, Lee is determined to make it there again this year. He will be facing Jack Baker (The Castle Inn) and Jon Tite (The Showroom) in the Semi Final on 22nd of September after he won his heat two weeks ago.
The next round is the Semi Final which is a Roald Dahl themed event at Sparks Restaurant (Sheffield City College) for which Lee has started to prepare his show stopping main course along the theme, which may contain some unexpected twists! After that it’s the final at Genting Casino on the 21st of October, where we hope Lee will not only be representing us but also winning the Sheff’s Kitchen title! The awards are presented by an absolutely incredible ‘Ramsay-a-like’ which makes it that extra bit special (and amusing!).
Unfortunately the tickets for both the semi final and the final at Genting Casino are sold out, but be sure to put your name on the cancellation list if you’re interested as it’s definitely one not to be missed! To enquire about tickets click HERE
Click HERE to see the post in the Sheffield Telegraph!