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FE graduate is “Nottingham Young Chef of the Year”

Daniel Cartledge, 19, was named ‘Young Chef of the Year’ at the annual Nottingham Restaurant Awards in June. Daniel was nominated for the award by his employer – Tonic Restaurant in Nottingham – whilst studying for an advanced apprenticeship in Professional Cookery at New College Nottingham (ncn). He competed against three other finalists in a head to head battle at ncn.  Among the finalists were current ncn student Liam Pykett and former ncn catering student Nathaniel Tofan.  Daniel said: “Being named Young Chef of the Year will definitely help me in my future career and open up opportunities for me.” The judging panel comprised four Michelin-starred chefs, including head judge Sat Bains who featured on this year’s ‘Great British Menu’ series on BBC2. This challenging but rewarding competition aims to recognise and reward talented young chefs in Nottinghamshire restaurants. 

Adrian Pratt, ncn Director of Lifestyle comments: “The calibre of young chefs that enter the competition every year is extremely impressive, and it is rewarding to see current and past ncn students succeed.

 “Sat Bains and I champion this award, with the focus on developing the next generation of potential Michelin star chefs.” Fellow student Michael Ross was a runner up in the Nottingham Restaurant Awards ‘Young Waiter/Waitress of the Year’ category, after an intense final.  Ends –Photos attached: 1) 752.jpg – Daniel collects his award from TV personality Mark Durden-Smith: (l-r host Mark Durden-Smith with Sacha McCarthy, ncn; Daniel Cartledge; Sat Bains; Adrian Pratt, ncn)

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