An exciting line up of chefs have been assembled for the upcoming Skills for Chefs Conference, which will be held in Sheffield on 10th and 11th July. David McKown, director of the conference, said: “We are delighted to have a business programme that will spotlight skills and, in addition, topical issues affecting the industry will be debated. We have some of the most gifted chefs and industry stars joining us in Sheffield this year.”
The opening event will be An Evening with Daniel Clifford, which will be held at Inox at The University of Sheffield on 10th July. Daniel is chef patron of the two Michelin starred Midsummer House in Cambridge and executive chef and owner The Flitch of Bacon in Little Dunmow, Essex.
The stellar line up for the business programme continues the following day with Tom Aikens, one of the UK`s most acclaimed and inspirational British chefs. He will be taking to the stage to create dishes and share his dedication for serving the highest quality, ethically sourced ingredients. His remarkable career has taken him to Pierre Koffman`s La Tante Claire and Joel Robuchon in Paris, to name but a few. At 26, Aikens became the youngest British chef ever to be awarded two Michelin stars.
Paul Foster, chef patron of Salt, a Michelin starred restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon, will also be presenting at the conference. His high standards come from his background working at top restaurants, including Thomas Keller`s three Michelin starred French Laundry and the two Michelin starred Restaurant Sat Bains.
Also cooking at the conference on 11th July will be James Golding, group chef director of Pig Hotels. He worked at The Savoy in London under Anton Edelmann for four years before moving to Le Caprice, J Sheekey and Soho House in New York. He returned to Hampshire and has been at the helm since the Pig opened in 2011. His philosophy is that the forager and gardener are as much part of the team as the sous chef.
Running a series of masterclasses at the conference will be Jeroen-van-Oijen from Holland, who is a chef for Gastronomix, and Liam and Ryan Simpson-Trotman from Orwells, a four rosette restaurant in Henley-on-Thames.
The conference will close with An Audience with Clare Smyth MBE, the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin stars in the UK. She recently won two Michelin stars for Core by Clare Smyth and her many awards include Michelin Female Chef 2017 and her MBE for services to the hospitality industry. This closing session will be another topical debate on standards, passion and careers in our industry.
McKown said: “We are very excited about the 22nd Annual Skills for Chefs Conference and we look forward to welcoming new and returning delegates to the conference.”