M Restaurants has revealed the overall winner of the 2019 Young Chef of the Year competition at a winner’s dinner held at M Victoria Street.
From 16 finalists, Matthew Hurry from Laurent Café Royal claimed pole position after being awarded the most points from paying customers and guest judges at his pop-up at M Victoria earlier in the year.
Coming in close behind were Luke Bryan, Kricket; Jamie Warley, St Ermins Hotel; and Jordan Kerridge, The Stafford London. The top four treated guests at the winner’s dinner to a four-course supper made up of dishes served at their respective pop-up events.
Now in its third year, the contest aims not only to find the best young talent already in the kitchens of London and across the UK, but also to encourage others into starting up a career in the hospitality industry.
M Restaurants culinary director, Mike Reid, said: “Matthew’s menu was outstanding, and he is a worthy winner. Anyone of the top four could have walked away with it, that’s how high the level of cooking was. These chefs have a fantastic future ahead of them.”