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Fermain Valley Hotel chefs do us proud

Date: 01 November 2012


The first Craft Guild of Chefs’ Inter Island Challenge took place 22nd on 23rd October at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Highlands College Jersey.  Guernsey came away victorious after being awarded the Peter Queree Trophy, named after the late Head of Catering at Highland College Jersey and long standing member of The Craft Guild of Chefs.  The competition is designed to showcase the high standard of produce and chefs within both islands but also to encourage student chefs to get involved.

The Guernsey team included two Fermain Valley Hotel chefs including Mark Snelling Pastry Chef at The Valley Restaurant and Adam Maker Junior Sous Chef at The Rock Garden. They joined forces with Daniel Green and Ben Vispalie from The Auberge Restaurant, Christopher Webb from Cobo Bay Hotel and student chef Darragh Granville from The Wicked Wolf to make a formidable team. The winning menu included a Red Mullet Escabeche with Crab and Raw Fennel Salad, Trio of Pork with Celeriac and Shallot Puree and Mark Snelling’s Blackberry and Apple Crumble, Cardamom Ice Cream and Cider Granite. This award winning crumble will be available on The Valley Restaurant menu in December.

Both teams were tasked with creating a five course menu plus canapés from a mystery list of local ingredients. During the two night event the teams had to impress an notable panel of judges which included Henri Brosi Executive Chef at The Dorchester, Paul Gayler Executive Chef at the Lanesborough Hotel and Andrew Bennett MBE Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Manager at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel.

“We were delighted to be able to take part in the competition and even more pleased to leave Jersey as the winning team. It was a great opportunity to compete and win against the likes of Glen Noel from L’Atlantic and Peter Rimicans from L’Horizon.” Mark Snelling

The annual Inter Island Chefs’ Muratti will continue year upon year to bring chefs of all ages and abilities together. The long standing friendly rivalry between the two islands is guaranteed to create a lively competition each year.  Let’s see if Guernsey can make it two years in a row!

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