11 November 2015

Celebrity Chef Theo Randall hosted a glittering celebration of all things food and drink at Chesterfield College last month.

Organised by Destination Chesterfield, in association with Chesterfield College, the 2015 awards were the biggest yet and tickets sold out weeks in advance.

As well as sponsoring the awards Chesterfield College also hosted them with 50 students studying NVQ and BTECs in catering and hospitality catering a two course meal with silver service to more than 250 people attending the event.

Theo Randall gave awards out to winners in 12 categories from food and drink establishments, producers and individuals who were named as Chesterfield’s finest. One of those winners included Chesterfield College student James Greatorex who won the Young Chef of the Year competition.

Theo Randall said:

“It is so important to support the local food sector because there is some great produce here. What is great about the awards is that it has all been done in the college.

"I started my career at catering college and it is interesting to see how these young chefs and waiters have been given the opportunity to show what they can do.

"You have to go and work somewhere to get that [professional] experience, but colleges are the best way to start."

Stuart Cutforth, Principal of Chesterfield College added:

“The Food and Drink Awards are the go-to event in Chesterfield. There is a wealth of outstanding food and drink establishments in the town and Chesterfield College is delighted to be training the future stars of the industry.

"Our mission statement is ‘inspiring futures, changing lives’ and the Food and Drink Awards enable us to do just that, giving the many apprentices we train real hands-on experiences at the ceremony each year.”

To watch Theo Randall discuss his experience at college and to find out how James felt about wining the Young Chef of the Year Award, please click here.