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Chef of the Year finalists: Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2017

PUBLISHED: 16:36 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:36 01 September 2017

Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2017

Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2017

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This award aims to recognise those who show an exceptional awareness of produce and have the knowledge and expertise to use their ingredients to create sensational, seasonal menus – local sourcing is a bonus as always. Here are our finalists for 2017...

Douglas Balish at The Tudor Room, Egham

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as a finalist for this prestigious award,” says Douglas. “I have always had an obsession with food and to be recognised for something I am so passionate about is fantastic. I get such a buzz from constantly improving and developing new ideas using only the very best produce available, some of which is grown solely for our use in The Tudor Room. We now hold the only Michelin star in Surrey and so to win Chef of the Year would be the icing on the cake! Thanks to everyone who voted.”

Douglas Balish at The Tudor Room Douglas Balish at The Tudor Room

Daniel Britten at The White Horse, Hascombe

“I’m ecstatic to be back at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards, having won the Best Local Menu category and been a finalist in Chef of the Year back in 2015,” says Daniel. “It was always an ambition to get back in, especially in the chef category, so I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has voted for me and given me the chance to show what I can do to the judges. To be one of three finalists in such a strong Chef of the Year line-up is a real privilege, and I can’t wait to join everyone at for awards night. May the best man win!”

Daniel Britten at The White Horse Daniel Britten at The White Horse

Matt Worswick at The Latymer, Bagshot

“To be shortlisted for Surrey chef of the year is such a humbling experience,” says Matt. “Since arriving in Surrey I’ve been exposed to incredible hospitality from local chefs, suppliers and the media. The food scene in Surrey is rife with incredibly talented and passionate individuals with a great passion for the area and its producers. With institutions such as the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards recognising the efforts of artisans, cooks and producers, I can only envisage the standard of hospitality rising and I’m privileged to be a part of it.”

Matt Worswick at The Latymer Matt Worswick at The Latymer

This award is sponsored by Bang & Olufsen

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