imago chef scoops two national awards
Burleigh Court Head Chef, Andy Grant, has scooped two coverted national Chefs Challenge Awards15th September 2006 imago at Burleigh Court, one of the UK's top flight conference centres, based on the Loughborough University campus, is celebrating the news that its Head Chef, Andy Grant, has scooped two coveted national Chefs Challenge awards. Andy, 32, who has worked at Burleigh Court since 1997, working his way up from chef de partie, was selected from hundreds of chefs from over 40 conference centres throughout the UK. His menu of pan-fried sea scallops with lemongrass and coriander, seared fillet of Scotch beef with baby vegetables and a truffle scented Marquise potato followed by hot bitter chocolate and orange pudding with an orange curacao fudge sauce was shortlisted in April. Andy then competed in an 'against the clock' cook-off where he was awarded the Gold Medal for his starter and the Silver Medal for Best Overall Meal. The judging panel was headed up by Graham Crump, Chairman of the British Culinary Federation, who comments, 'Despite the demands of this prestigious competition, this yearâ€™s finalists once again produced exceptional results.' 'Everyone in imago is thrilled for Andy, particularly as this is the first time he has ever entered a chefsâ€™ competition, 'says Kay England, Chief Executive at imago at Burleigh Court. She continues, â€œMany of the competitors enter such prestigious competitions year on year, so for Andy to walk away with two prizes is simply outstanding.' Now in its eighth year, the Chefs Challenge is an annual competition open to all chefs from members of the Conference Centres of Excellence and International Association of Conference Centres consortia. Only the UK's leading dedicated conference providers, with the highest standards of facilities, service and cuisine, are eligible to join these organisations. Andy's tremendous achievement coincides with the unveiling this month of new facilities as part of Burleigh Court's Â£8.5 million expansion. Now in its final stage, the luxury conference centre features 225 bedrooms including an executive suite wing, 24 top specification meeting and training rooms, an extended lounge, private dining area, increased parking facilities and an outstanding expansion of the leisure and spa facilities.