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King of the kitchen - Westside Young Chef of the Year 2017

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The contenders, from left: Stephen Delmar, Patrick White, winner Dave Cockerill and Elliott O'Neill

my fathers heart played host to a cook-off with a difference, as four chefs battled it out for the title of westside’s young chef of the year.

The oven gloves were off when four Sheffield chefs battled it out for the title of Westside’s Young Chef of the Year at the glamorous showroom of competition sponsors, My Fathers Heart.


The nominated chefs used the My Fathers Heart’s high-end cooking stations to create their signature dishes, which were then presented to a panel of judges. 


The four finalists were: Elliott O’Neill (Nonnas), Dave Cockerill (The Tickled Trout), Stephen Delmar (Brocco on the Park) and Patrick White (Peak Edge Hotel). 


And after a hard-fought competition, the winner was Dave Cockerill of the Tickled Trout, who presented the judges with a dish of Dave cooked lemon baked halibut in a gruyere crust with an artichoke purée, Jersey Royal potatoes, samphire, baby leaves, morel mushrooms and seasonal capers with a shallot halibut and chicken vinegar.


He beat off competition from Elliott, who presented the judges with pan-fried cod loin served with a pea and basil arancini, Parma ham, lemon mayonnaise and pesto; whilst Stephen prepared poached rhubarb with sorbet, gingerbread mascarpone and rhubarb jelly and Patrick served up tenderloin lamb with fondant potato and sweetbreads.


Sheffield College catering legend, Mick Burke, was joined on the judging panel by Natasha Holland, winner of Westside magazine’s guest judge competition, John Murphy, joint managing director at RMC Media and rising TV star Stefan Rose, head chef at Crafthouse and Angelica Leeds. 


Guests also enjoyed a dessert demo by Stefan Rose and cooking demos from the chefs at Bora, as well as being able to sample a selection of beers from Peak Ales and wines in a range of gorgeous glasses by ADIT glassware.