Barcelo Hotels UK Names Apprentice Chef of the Year 2010

20-year-old James Waters recently scooped the prestigious ‘Chef of the Year’ award at the Barcelo Apprentice Chef Academy (BACA) graduation ceremony.

London, United Kingdom, May 24, 2010 --( The event took place at the luxury Barcelo Walton Hall 4 star hotel in Warwickshire, where five graduates battled it out in a Master Chef style competition to win the title.

James, who trained as a Commis Chef at the lavish Barcelo the Lygon Arms hotel in the Cotswolds, stood out with his dish of ‘Supreme Chicken with Fondant Potatoes, Carrot Puree and Carrot Crisps’ followed by a ‘Dark Chocolate Tart with Milk Chocolate Sauce’.

James has recently been promoted to Chef de Partie at the hotel. He says: “The competition was extremely challenging and really tested my food knowledge as we only had 20 minutes to come up with the dishes. I am over the moon to have received this award as well as graduating from the Barcelo Chef’s Academy and I am now much more confident in my ability. I have been passionate about food since I was a child and I hope to continue working with Barcelo Hotels & Resorts UK for many more years to come.”

Charles Prew, Chief Executive Officer for Barcelo UK awarded James with a 600 pounds Sterling set of Global Knives in recognition of his achievement, as well as work experience at the fabulous Barcelo Asia Gardens Hotel in Spain.

Commending James he said: “I was impressed with all the young chefs but James particularly stood out because of his creativity and passion. I’m sure he will do extremely well in his career and I am very pleased to welcome him as part of the permanent team at the Barcelo the Lygon Arms hotel in Cotswolds.”

The Barcelo the Lygon Arms Hotel dates back to the 16th Century and is situated in the heart of the Cotswolds. It boasts 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant, The Great Hall, as one of its many highlights.

Tim Whibley from the Barceló Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, Zolt Kobel from the Barcelo Angel Hotel in Cardiff, Pawel Brzezinski from the Barcelo Cheltenham Park Hotel and Virender Singh from the Barcelo Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire also graduated from the Academy and were each presented with a set of Victrinox Chefs Knives, along with their Graduation Certificates.

The Barcelo Apprentice Chef Academy (BACA) was designed to improve the shortage of skilled chefs within the UK hospitality industry. It aims to create and train exceptional and knowledgeable professionals and retain the very best of the UK’s culinary talent.

Recruitment for next year’s Barcelo Apprentice Chefs will start in August.

Notes to Editor:
Barcelo UK has 21 hotels throughout the country, from traditional coastal and country retreats to vibrant town and city getaways, all the way from Scotland to Torquay.

With over 2800 bedrooms and 217 conference and meeting rooms, plus Health & Leisure Clubs and spacious grounds for team building and outdoor events in many locations, Barcelo UK offers extensive facilities to both corporate and leisure guests.

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