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Tilda Chef Team of the Year 2022 Finalists Revealed!

15 March 2022

Tilda Chef Team of the Year 2022 Finalists Revealed!

8 Chef teams will compete at the hotly anticipated live chef competition. Tilda Foodservice is excited to reveal the chef teams that have made it through to the Tilda Chef Team of the Year 2022 final.

As part of HRC’s (Hotel, Restaurant & Catering) Salon Culinaire and in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, the live final will take place on Tuesday 22nd March, where one chef team will win the iconic blue trophy as well as an all-expenses paid gastro trip to Italy* later this year.

The competing teams are Thomas Frost & Nino Addio from Aspens/Craft Guild of Chefs; Gerrard Madden & Pawan Khatiwoda from Delaware North; Robert Garcia & Luke Rodrigues from Intercontinental London Park Lane, an IHG Hotel; James Unwin & Frankie Brant from The View Restaurant; Darian Nabaz & Edigo Oskar-Costa from Richmond upon Thames College; Marco Roxo & Ben Saggers from the House of Commons; William May & Tarisa Reid from Google RA and Jordan Thomas & Krishan Makol from Lexington.

This year Tilda is challenging chef teams of two to embrace a festival of flavour, from Diwali and Day of the Dead to Carnival and Chinese New Year, the sixteen chefs will be showcasing their skills and fantastic Tilda rice inspired menus during the 45-minute live final.

Speaking about the competition, Annette Coggins, Head of Foodservice, Tilda UK says:

“Congratulations to all of our finalists! We are looking forward to welcoming our 8 talented chef teams to the Salon Culinaire and seeing them shine at the final. With the Festival of Flavour theme we can’t wait to see what is cooked up, and can’t wait for a thrilling live final.”

With the UK’s most exciting chef teams competing, the judging panel will face the difficult challenge of choosing the 2022 champions. Tilda Foodservice will be joined by an esteemed judging panel which includes Café Spice Namaste Chef Patron Cyrus Todiwala; National Chef of the Year winners, Nick Smith and Steve Groves; Vice Chair of the Craft Guild of Chefs Mark Reynolds; Course Coordinator for the International Culinary Arts Diploma at Westminster Kingsway College – Miranda Godfrey; Graham Crump, Editor of the BCF News Magazine; Stuart Pate, Head Pastry Chef at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow and representing Tilda Foodservice, Jo Witchell.

The final will consist of 45 minutes to prepare four portions of a main and dessert. With the judges looking for creativity, authenticity and fun, but most importantly an entry that captures the spirit of their chosen festival and puts Tilda at the heart of their dishes.

Endorsed by the Craft Guild of Chefs, Tilda’s specialty range hosts a wide variety of delicious rice, starting with chef favourite – Easy Cook Basmati with its elegant and natural appeal. The range also includes the nutty and aromatic Easy Cook Basmati and Wild, the naturally Fragrant Jasmine Rice and the deliciously creamy Arborio from Po Valley. The extensive selection offers great tasting rice every time, with the natural ability to absorb and enhance the flavour of a dish, for any festival.

The competition will be live tweeted throughout the day on the 22nd March 2022 by @TildaChef and you can stay up to date by following the hashtag #TCTOTY.

*Dependent on COVID-19 travel guidelines