A 22 year old chef from Hackney restaurant Pidgin has been announced as M Restaurants Young Chef of the Year.\r\n\r\nHamish Pearce won the award for his pop-up inside the Hackney restaurant last month, during a ceremony held at M Restaurants flagship site in Victoria.\r\n\r\nPearce said: \u201cIt\u2019s an incredible thing for young chefs, it gives you the opportunity to take over a restaurant for a night. It\u2019s amazing the trust they have in young chefs, to have them like that in their restaurant. I\u2019m so excited to see what they do next year.\r\n\r\n\u201cA lot of the dishes I picked from things I\u2019ve worked on in a lot of the restaurants I\u2019ve been in, things I\u2019ve loved and now put my own twist on.\u201d\r\n\r\nCompetition judge, Michael Reid, said: \u201cIt wasn\u2019t easy, the standard of all the contestants was seriously high and I was genuinely blown away by some of the cooking. Hamish, however, gave us the full package. He certainly gave his diners an experience they will remember, I couldn\u2019t have asked for anything more.\u201d\r\n\r\nOther winners on the night included Jamie Gardener of Tower Bridge\u2019s Coal Shed, who took home the award for Outstanding Menu and Adebayo Folarin of the Opera Tavern, who scooped the Best Marketeer award.