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Master of Culinary Arts 2013

Hospitality industry stars among Master of Culinary Arts 2013 finalist

Some of the UK’s top chefs, pastry chefs and restaurant managers have been named finalists in the 2013 Master of Culinary Arts, following tough semi-finals held over the last two months.

All finalists in the chef category will have six and a half hours to present a whole poached turbot with garnishes while pastry chef finalists will have nine hours to produce a centrepiece along a musical theatre theme. Restaurant management and service finalists will be assessed in their preparation for and the service of a four-course meal together.

The MCA is the four-yearly award, run by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, which launched in 1987 where winners carry the title for life; past winners include Claire Clark MCA, Benoit Blin MCA, André Garrett MCA and Diego Masciaga MCA.

The finals will take place on Saturday 21 September at Le Gavroche for Restaurant Management & Service; Saturday 28 September at Westminster Kingsway College for Pastry Chefs and Saturday 12 October at University College Birmingham for Chefs.

The winners of the MCA will be announced at a gala presentation dinner to take place at Coleridge’s on Thursday 31 October 2013.

Finalists in the chef’s category:

William Best; Sous chef; Wiltons Restaurant
David Bush; Senior chef de partie; House of Commons
Robin D’Souza; Senior sous chef; Le Meridien Piccadilly
Jeremy Ford; Chef director; Restaurant Associates
Frederick Forster; Head chef; The Boundary, Shoreditch
Jeff Galvin; Chef patron; Galvin Restaurants
Raj Holuss; Sous chef; The Ritz London
Steve Love; Chef proprietor; Love’s, Birmingham

Finalist in the pastry chef’s category:

William Curley; Patissier chocolatier; William Curley
Denis Drame; Executive pastry chef; Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa
Paul Williams; Senior sous pastry chef; Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Finalists in the restaurant management and service category:

Mourad Ben Tekfa; Restaurant director; Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Luigi Cagnin; Deputy restaurant manager; The Ritz London
Sergio Cappello; Restaurant manager; The Travellers Club
David Galetti; Head sommelier; Le Gavroche
Robert Rose; Restaurant manager; Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road
Elaine Watson; Food and beverage support services manager; Gleneagles Hotel