The Beardmore Hotel & Conference Centre was delighted to win at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2012:
Beardmore chef serves up a winner
A chef from the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre received a top prize at a prestigious European chefs’ competition held in the Midlands on 27 October.
Ian Steel was presented with an award for Best Starter at the 14th annual Chefs’ Challenge Competition hosted by the Conference Centres of Excellence (CCE) and the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC).
The competition is open to any CCE or IACC registered chefs in Europe. Entrants are judged by a panel of professionals from the hospitality industry and 12 finalists are chosen to take part in a cook-off, where their skills are put to the test with specific criteria for their menu. This year, the chefs had to prepare a three course meal suitable for a banquet, using certain cuts of lamb for their main course.
Ian, from Maryhill, was delighted when his delicious dish of scallops with celeriac terrine, pickled girolles and pork crackling popcorn picked up the award for Best Starter: “I couldn’t believe it when they said I had won. Just to be shortlisted for the cook-off was fantastic but to actually receive an award is a real honour.
“The Chefs’ Challenge has been a great experience. I really enjoyed working alongside the other finalists and the judges who are all so well respected in the industry. The competition has given me lots of inspiration and I’m looking forward to getting back in the kitchen at the Beardmore and putting my ideas into practice.”
Bronagh Bell, Director of the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, said: “We’re all so proud of Ian and see a great future ahead of him in the hospitality industry. We knew when he started at the Beardmore that he had real potential and he’s gone from strength to strength. I know he’ll use this competition as a stepping stone and continue to come up with wonderful dishes to impress our guests.”
The recipe for the award winning starter is available on the Beardmore website: