Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year 2013
Ben Sulston, Chartwells Executive Chef at Sevenoaks School in Kent, has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Mövenpick Gourmet Dessert Chef competition, after a live cook-off held at Westminster Kingsway College, on 12th September.
Sulston impressed judges with his dessert of caramelised Kentish pear, pear mousse, pecan crumble, vanilla fromage blanc, crisp pastry and Mövenpick Pear Sorbet. The panel were very impressed with the modern style of Sulston's dessert, his flavour pairing across all elements of the dessert and his commitment to the Mövenpick ethos of passion for gastronomy and culinary perfection, which judges felt was 'clear throughout his entire performance.'
The Mövenpick Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year competition, in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs, is now in its second year and is designed to inspire creativity and realise the potential of desserts.
“It's all a bit surreal; I literally can't believe I've made it here!" Ben said on winning, "this has been such an enriching experience that winning was only ever part of it for me and I'm astounded and honoured to have made the top spot."
In addition to his accolade Sulston wins a luxury weekend for two to the home ofMövenpick Ice Cream in Switzerland.
Second and third place went to Kun Xu, formerly of The Savoy and Javier Millet of Lexington Catering, both of whom have won a £200 voucher to spend at a restaurant of their choice.