15th April 2014: Adam Handling, MasterChef Finalist, has been crowned 2014 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year.
At only 25 years of age, Adam is inspiringly ambitious and a rapidly rising talent to watch. This accolade is the latest addition to his portfolio of successes to date, including being listed as one of the ‘30 under 30’ to watch in The Caterer & Hotelkeeper’s 2013 Acorn Awards and winning ’Scottish Young Chef of the Year 2011’.
Currently Head Chef at the Caxton Grill in St James’s Park where he leads a team of 22, Adam is enthusiastically developing the restaurant’s reputation as one of the top places to eat in Westminster, with a menu designed to inspire and excite through inventive dishes that offer an ‘unexpected harmony’. Adam works with the finest ingredients and is meticulous in his attention to detail of his menus, which offer a wonderful complexity of flavour and texture.
At the BCF Chef of the Year competition, Adam was tasked with producing a three course meal for two covers, centred on using two different cuts of Lamb. Alain Roux, who formed part of the judging panel, commented that many of the chefs had taken risks and challenged themselves but only a few had mastered the techniques and flavour. “Adam mastered the cooking, seasoning and flavour of the lamb. His seasonality of ingredients and the balance of flavour made him a clear winner.”