Updated: Dec 11, 2019
We are now in the midst of the holiday season and
I trust that all members are taking the break that
they no doubt deserve.
In April we held our Annual General Meeting at
Nuthurst Grange Country House Hotel, Hockley Heath
which as always was well supported by our members.
This meeting saw the minutes from the previous AGM
signed off and officers of the Committee presented
their reports on the last year’s activities. After the close
of the AGM, we had a delicious lunch with many family
In May we were lucky enough to attend a Chefs’
Club Lunch at The French in Manchester where Adam
Reid and his team cooked up an amazing lunch with
the highlight being his chicken dish from the final of the
Great British Menu.
The following month we had a fantastic lunch at The
King’s Head in Aston Cantlow provided by long standing
member Brett Sandland and his team.
In June, along with Peter Griffiths and Andreas
Antona, I judged the Copper Skillet UK final at Wyboston
Lakes in Cambridgeshire where we selected the UK
finalist to compete against the best in Europe in the
European finals being held in Belgium in October.
Brian Cotterill, Peter Griffiths and I travelled to
Glasgow to represent England in a meeting held at Ibrox
Stadium between the Home Nations to discuss the
creation of a Chefs’ manifesto. This was a very positive
meeting and we are looking forward to working closely
together in the coming months.
Our Annual Golf Day was held at Coventry Golf Club,
Finham. Everyone who was involved had a great day and
we were blessed once again with fantastic weather. The
team from Simpsons Restaurant were victorious with an
exceptional score of 116 points.
Graham Crump and I represented the BCF both at
the Universal Cookery & Food Festival and Skills for
Chefs in Sheffield. These events were widely attended
and the BCF stand attracted a lot of attention.
In July I was invited by the Culinary Association of
Wales to attend the WACS Board Meeting Dinner where
the food was cooked to an immaculate standard by the
chefs at Celtic Manor