Young Cheshire chef shows real talent at ‘Talented Chef’ evening
Matthew, who designed his own four course menu for the special evening, headed up the team at the restaurant catering for over 90 diners.
This was the latest in the 2010 series of Talented Chef Evenings that have been organised by local tourism board Visit Chester & Cheshire in collaboration with leading restaurants throughout Cheshire.
The evenings have been created to help raise the profile of the immense talent of young chefs across the region and give a perfect opportunity for these dynamic and gifted young chefs to showcase their creative skills. These evenings also gives diners the chance to eat out in style at a fraction of the cost.
Matthew Williams, 25, began his career at Mere on a part time basis and, after gaining experience in all sections of the kitchen, achieved NVQ levels 1 & 2 in Catering. Nominated for the Up & Coming Chef Award in 2001, he now runs the sauce section for the Atrium restaurant within the hotel.
His menu began with crab and prawn fishcakes served with a chilli salsa, followed by duo of Beef served with grain mustard mash. An assiette of chocolate desserts ended the meal, accompanied by a special beer tasting courtesy of Robinson’s Brewery. To finish diners were also treated to a complimentary cheese course of Joseph Heler’s award-winning cheeses.
David West, currently Bars Manager at Mere, was the young host for the evening and ensured that diners were treated to a welcome glass of Prosecco, sponsored by Gerrard Seel wines. The guests also finished their meal with an espresso, courtesy of illy coffee.
At the end of the event, Matthew and team were presented with a commemorative plate by Mark Loynton of Villeroy & Boch which had also provided all the crockery and glassware for the evening. Matthew also received a chef’s jacket courtesy of Tibard workwear whilst young host David West was presented with a magnum of Prosecco donated by Gerrard Seel wines.
Young Chef Matthew Williams adds: “I really enjoyed the whole experience and was really pleased to get the opportunity to run the kitchen for the evening. I hope all the diners enjoyed eating my food as much as I enjoyed creating it!”
The evening was also attended by the 2009 CATS Awards winners as a thank you to their significant contribution as top performers for the local visitor economy. Attendees included the owner of the recently refurbished Alvanley Arms in Tarporley, Alistair King, which won an astonishing two CATS Awards last year. Alistair comments:
“For such a small establishment as the Alvanley Arms to win two awards is a huge accomplishment for our team and goes to show the variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels Cheshire offers for visitors.”
Sue Bouch, Front of House Manager at the Alvanley Arms, was last year’s winner of the prestigious Highly Skilled Front of House Staff award. She comments: “This was a lovely opportunity to see the other winners of the awards again and celebrate our success together. As I am from Cheshire originally, winning the award and bringing my experience to my local community has been a fantastic achievement. I believe that Cheshire offers a fantastic visitor experience and these awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the work that we do.”
Visit Chester & Cheshire’s Pam Billington comments: “These Talented Chef evenings are a great opportunity for dynamic and gift young chefs across the North west to showcase their creativity, enthusiasm and culinary passion. This event was also a good chance for last year’s CATS award winners to mix with some upcoming talent and encourage another year of excellent standards from the region’s best performers – both old and new.
“I’d also like to thank all the sponsors for their extensive support for the Talented Chef evenings which helps the promotion of Cheshire’s young culinary talent such as Matthew and without whom these events wouldn’t be able to go ahead.”
The next Talented Chef evening will take place at Crewe Hall on27th April starting at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm meal. To check availability or make a booking, contact Crewe Hall direct on 01270 253333.
Images provided courtesy of Celynnen photography.