The winning trio in Essential Cuisine’s Teamwork in the Kitchen challenge have been revealed after a tense cook-off held yesterday on Salon Culinaire’s Live Theatre at the Great Hospitality Show.
The team from Wembley Stadium overseen by contract caterers, Delaware North, chefs Jedd Tucker (31), Andrew D’Amery (25) and Ben Crocker (26), cooked their way to a silver medal and a ‘Best in Class’ commendation, collaborating on a sumptuous three-course menu with a dessert hailed by judges as ‘outstanding’.

Putting seasonal British produce at the forefront of their cooking, and featuring at least one Essential Cuisine product in two of the three courses, the winning menu had a starter of Pan Seared Cornish Scallops, a main of Treacle Glazed Duck Breast and a dessert of Bitter Chocolate Fondant.

Business Development Manager and Salon Culinaire judge, Gary Kilminster, said: “Congratulations to the team from Delaware North – we were absolutely blown away by their innovative food and the way in which they supported each other through the competition. The standard from each team was fantastic which only serves to make their victory all the more remarkable. We loved seeing the many versatile ways in which chefs used our products and the competition was the perfect demonstration of just how integral teamwork is when the heat of service is on.”