Game Chef of the Year 2015 Competition Launched

As one of the UK’s main game suppliers, Braehead Foods have been running the competition for four years now and it is once again supported by The Staff Canteen and Highland Game.

The competition will involve a five-month search to find the best upcoming, professional game chef in the UK.  Contestants will be challenged to cook up fresh, innovative dishes using some of the finest game produce the UK has to offer.

Managing Director of Braehead Foods, Craig Stevenson says ‘the competition has been running for many years now and each year the number and quality of entries exceeds our expectations. We want the chefs who are working and creating delicious recipes using game meats across the UK to be recognised for what they do.’

Last years top prize was claimed by Tom Van Zeller of Van Zeller Restaurants in Harrogate with Daniel Bland of The Wheatsheaf Inn, Doddington and Jonathan Cook of Greywall’s Hotel in Edinburgh finishing as runners up.

Tom’s winning dishes werewigeon with celeriac remoulade, apple and hazelnut, followed by loin of hare with choucroute, baby turnips and beetroot for his main.

This year will see the launch of the first semi finals which shows how significantly the competition has grown. A semi final will take place in Scotland and England with 10 semi-finalists in each country. The top 10 finalists will then compete in the grand final where they will have the chance to cook their dishes for a panel of judges including Paul Gayler, Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack.

The overall winner will receive a once in a lifetime trip to Sweden where they will hunt wild boar, courtesy of Highland Game.

Entries can be made online at from Tuesday 12th August and you can remain up to date on and on Twitter @GameChefOfYear

Contact Information:

For further information, interviews or images, please contact:

Lisa Parker, Marketing and Events Manager, Braehead Foods Ltd / 01563 550008

Further Notes:

  • Braehead Foods has become synonymous with fine food and game. Braehead Foods’ quality game products are augmented by a wide selection of cheeses sourced throughout Europe, dry goods, Belgian chocolate and other specialist food products from some of the world's leading manufacturers.

  • Game - includes grouse, pheasant, partridge, wood pigeon, wild duck, venison, wild boar, rabbit, hare, snipe and woodcock.

  • Game meats are low in fat and cholesterol, whilst still rich in flavor and provide a good source of protein, iron and zinc.

  • Game meats are tasty, nutritious, and free of many health and environmental concerns that go along with meat from today’s factory-farm animals.

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