UK’s First Game Chef of the Year Announced

By | Feb 4, 2012

Congratulations to Brian Grigor who has been crowned the UK’s first Game Chef of the Year.

The title of Game Chef 2012 was awarded to Brian at the Cook School Scotland in Kilmarnock where judges included Michelin starred chefs Tom Kitchin and Martin Wishart along with Ian McAndrew from Blackaddie House Hotel and Kevin MacGillivray from the Federation of Chefs.

Brian is from Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel and his nomination is the result of a 12 month search for the most talented young chef working with game.

Managing Director of Braehead Foods (Cook School Scotland) Craig Stevenson is quoted as saying: “We wanted to highlight the popularity and versatility of game and the competitors showed great flair and imagination. The UK’s game sales have never been better and it’s not hard to understand why when you see and taste what these chefs produced”

Game sales continued to rise in 2011 and competitors were challenged to come up with an innovative starter and main course .  Brian won with his entry of Red Leg Partridge Pithivier followed by Roe Doe Head to Toe. Brian’s dishes included game shot by his father who is a gamekeeper on a Border’s estate.

As the 2012 winning chef Brian will be flying to Sweden to enjoy his prize, a day wild boar hunting with Tom Kitchin. We would love to be at chefs’ table that evening!

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