BCF Young Chef of the Year 2010

Rositsa Nikolova wins BCF Young Chef of the Year 2010

Rositsa Nikolova, who works under Executive Chef Mark Hill at the House of Commons, was recently crowned British Culinary Federation Young Chef of the Year 2010 at a Dinner and glittering ceremony attended by 100 industry guests at University College Birmingham.

Rositsa, who was one of two female finalists, said she couldn’t believe it when her name was called. “I listened as they announced third and then second place, and thought at that point I had no chance,” she said. “I was shocked but ecstatic to win such a prestigious award.”

In second place was Chris Emery of The Wheatsheaf, Bath, and third was Gurpreet Singh Chana of University College Birmingham.

Fourteen finalists aged 23 years or under took part in an adrenalin-fuelled cook off at University College Birmingham’s Molteni kitchens on Monday 1st November. The other finalists included:

Steven Allery, The Dorchester Hotel, London; Tom Brown, Intercontinental Park Lane, London; Jack Bull, Ye Old Dog & Partridge, Burton-on-Trent; Darren Cole, The Manor Hotel, Meriden; Tom Edmonds, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham; Luke Haddow, Nuthurst Grange Hotel, Hockley Heath, Solihull; Sam Holden, Stratford-upon-Avon College; Luke Hubbert, Fairlawns Hotel, Aldridge; Sam Reader, Adelie Foods Product Innovation Centre; Isabel Simmonds, One Aldwych Hotel, London, and Phil Steggall, Royal Garden Hotel, London.

Competitors had to create a three course meal for two persons, incorporating a starter using Gurnard, main course using Corn-Fed Chicken and a sweet to competitor’s choice, excluding chocolate.

Rositsa’s winning menu was:

Pan-Fried Fillet of Gurnard, Aubergine Risotto, Red Pepper Sauce


Seared, Stuffed Corn-Fed Chicken Breast, Potato and Girolle Mushroom Terrine, Crispy Offal Bonbon, Buttered Kale, Baby Carrots, Natural Jus


Roast Pear and Financier Tart, Salted Caramel Ice-Cream

Judges were Eric Bruce, Chef Patron, Restaurant Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire, Jerry Toth, Operations Director, Sundial Group, Luke Tipping, Executive Chef, Michelin starred restaurant Simpsons in Birmingham and Jason Eaves, Head Chef at Michelin starred Glynn Purnell’s new restaurant, The Asquith, in Birmingham. Jason previously worked at L’Autre Pied, Pétrus and Midsummer House.

As well as receiving The David Bache Trophy, Rositsa was also presented with a cheque for £150, a trip to Luxembourg, a visit to the Electrolux Innovation Centre in Italy, personalised chef’s jacket, framed certificate, commemorative plate from Villeroy & Boch and a set of chef’s knives from Electrolux.

Last year’s winner was Helen Evans of Michelin starred restaurant Simpsons in Birmingham, while previous BCF Young Chef of the Year winners have included Marcus Eaves from Michelin starred restaurant, L’Autre Pied, London; Ben Ternent of Opus Restaurant, Birmingham; Daniel Morris, Michelin starred restaurant, The Elephant in Torquay and Sue Ellis from Belle House, who has appeared on Channel 4 cookery programmes and had recipes featured in the Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook.

View the competition video here