With National Apprenticeship Week on the horizon, it’s time to turn up the heat on our apprentices as we approach the final of our chef apprentice cooking competition MABsterchef, on Thursday 28th February.
Cooking for the opportunity to serve their dish to hundreds of their peers at our annual awards evenings as well as the chance for their meal to be added to a real Mitchells & Butlers menu, MABsterchef provides our apprentices with the opportunity to showcase the culinary skills they’ve learnt during their apprenticeship.
During the first stage, apprentices have to submit an entry video featuring a dish they’ve created from scratch and say why they believe it should be on a Mitchells & Butlers menu. If they are chosen to progress through to the MABsterchef final, then apprentices must prepare their dish for our panel of judges where they’ll be marked on creativity, value for money and of course taste!
Last year’s winning dish by Jodie Reed from Premium Country Pubs, was a pork tenderloin wellington with a mushroom shallot and sage duxelle, fondant potato, honey and thyme roasted rainbow carrots, apple puree, and cider and mustard sauce. Jodie was closely followed by runner-up Damian Pomykala’s mouth-watering braised beef cheek dish, which has been selected to appear on the Browns Restaurants specials menu this year.
Organiser of MABsterchef, Vocational Learning Attraction Manager, Lauren Carroll says: “As a pub and restaurant business, we are always looking for talented chefs to create exciting dishes. We set up MABsterchef to not only celebrate the fantastic cooking talent amongst our apprentices, but to also give them the opportunity to showcase this talent to the rest of their division.
“This year’s finalists are incredibly talented and I’m really looking forward to seeing (and tasting) their dishes.”
Follow us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we go live from our chef academy training centre in Watford on 28th February for the 2019 MABsterchef final where we’ll go behind-the-scenes and announce this year’s winners!
Looking to kick-start your career? Check out our chef apprentice opportunities and start your journey for a rewarding kitchen career.