BCF Young Chef of the Year 2013

Julien Pickersgill, from The House of Commons wins

the BCF Young Chef of the Year 2013


Julien received the David Bache Trophy, £250, special winner’s commemorative plate and framed certificate and a study trip to Luxembourg courtesy of Villeroy & Boch.

The winning menu:


Cured line caught Cornish fillet

Fennel and Muscat grape Salad

Elderflower granite and dill oil


Barbury Duck

Roast Szechuan spiced

Gingered Carrots, foam, purée

Charred broccoli and jus


Caraibe Chocolate Marquise

Lime leaf ice cream

Organic yoghurt sponge,

Bitter chocolate crumb and Mont Tauch “Maury” gel


Lee Warren (left) from Haileybury College, Hertfordshire was second and  Matthew Ryle (right) from The Dorchester, Park Lane, London was in third place.



Julien receiving the David Bache trophy from Anthea Bache and Jim Eaves, BCF Chairman


The competition has been running for 16 years.  This year produced a very strong line up of finalists, with extremely high standards set, which were a credit to all the competitors. Following the competition, a Dinner and Awards Evening was held at University College Birmingham.


The full list of finalists:

  • Edward Marsh, University College Birmingham
  • Andrew Leonard, Lough Erne Resort, Ireland
  • Matthew Ryle, The Dorchester, London
  • Liam Davies, Tuddenham Mill, Newmarket
  • Daniel Andree-Parsons, The Black Swan, Surrey
  • Steve Sparks, Saunton Sands Hotel, Devon
  • Rosanna Moseley, Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussel
  • Tom Jackson, Hogarth’s Hotel, Dorridge
  • Russell Barbury, The House of Commons, London
  • Julian Lovick, Norwich City College
  • Jack Harries, Weston Park, Shropshire
  • Claire Willett, Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire
  • Craig Bateman, The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst
  • Lee Warren, Haileybury College, Hertfordshire
  • Julien Pickersgill, The House of Commons, London
  • Leonidas Kattou, Simpson’s Restaurant, Birmingham
  • Charlotte Chater, The Queens, Belbroughton
  • George Whitelock, The Elephant Restaurant, Torquay