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YOUNG RISOTTO CHEF OF THE YEAR

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Andrew Williams - Winner of the 2019 Young Risotto Chef of the Year Competition

WE HAVE A WINNER FOR 2019!

We’re delighted to announce that 20 year old Andrew Williams, from Salthouse Bacaro in Liverpool is our Young Risotto Chef of the Year for 2019! A massive ‘Molto Bene’ from all of us!

His dish, of caramelised onion and red wine risotto, with butter-roasted pine nuts, crispy onions, radicchio and taleggio was absolutely delicious and universally admired by the judges, with Lead Judge Paul Gayler making special mention at the presentation of the excellent flavour and balance, and the skill he showed while producing. His dish stood out against stiff competition and emphasised his knowledge and understanding of the ingredients.

Starting his culinary career as a kitchen porter just a few years ago, Andrew works alongside his colleagues at Bacaro at the weekends creating a mixed menu of fine small Italian plates. In addition, he’s part-way through his second year at Liverpool University studying Biological Sciences, so safe to say he’s a busy young man.

As part of his prize Andrew will be working alongside the team at Angela Hartnett’s Murano in London for a 3 day service, and his dish will be on the menu at Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Cafe shorty for a week.

Congratulations again Andrew, we are excited to see where your culinary journey will take you!

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We think it is important to support and reward the next generation

 

Each year Riso Gallo, Europe’s premier grain specialists look for young chefs who can inject personality, passion and creativity into their own vibrant, exciting risotto dish to knock the socks off our judges…

The top 5 chosen chefs will be invited to a cook-off at the training kitchens of the City of Westminster College in Central London. We want to see how you work in the kitchen, how you plan your time and of course how your risotto tastes.

Why not see if you can become our next UK Young Risotto Chef of the Year – Enter now…

Risotto is a classic Italian dish, often using simple ingredients. It is not a difficult dish to cook, however, there are some simple, but key steps to follow to make it right. To help inspire you, Danilo Cortellini, executive chef at the Italian Embassy and one of our judges has prepared a video for you to demonstrate the steps it takes to make a great risotto…

WHY RISOTTO?

Risotto is a classic Italian dish, often using simple ingredients. It is not a difficult dish to cook, however, there are some simple, but key steps to follow to make it right. To help inspire you, Danilo Cortellini, executive chef at the Italian Embassy and one of our judges has prepared a video for you to demonstrate the steps it takes to make a great risotto…
creating the perfect risotto by Danilo Cortellini

 

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We are Riso Gallo, Europe’s premier grain specialists. We have been supplying chefs around the world with the finest Italian grains for over six generations. During that time we have seen amazing, culinary genius transform the humble grain into a vibrant and exciting risotto dish…

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Watch the video below for a quick overview of the finals, you can find a longer version on our YouTube channel…

THE 2019 JUDGES

Found out more about this years judges for the 2019 Young Risotto Chef of the Year…

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PAUL GAYLER MBE

Consultant Chef

PAUL GAYLER MBE

DAVIDE DEGIOVANNI

Head Chef, Union Street Café

DANILO CORTELLINI

Executive Chef, Italian Embassy

DANILO CORTELLINI

OSCAR HOLGADO

Head Chef, Angela Hartnett’s Murano Restuarant

OSCAR HOLGADO

ADRIANO CAVAGNINI

Executive Chef, Bulgari Hotel, London

ADRIANO CAVAGNINI

PETRIE HOSKEN

Presenter & Broadcast Journalist

PETRIE HOSKEN

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