Top chefs battle for North East Culinary Trade Association NECTA 2011 title

PUBLISHED: 15:04 23 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:26 20 February 2013

Top chefs battle for North East Culinary Trade Association NECTA 2011 title

Top chefs battle for North East Culinary Trade Association NECTA 2011 title

Mark Percival was crowned North East Culinary Trade Association (NECTA) Chef of the Year in a competition held in April at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Mark Percival was crowned North East Culinary Trade Association (NECTA) Chef of the Year in a competition held in April at Newcastle Civic Centre.
He defeated seven other to regional chefs in a day-long contest that saw the contestants cook a full meal of starter, main and dessert.


Marks dishes included a salmon starter served three ways, a main course of rare-breed loin of pork, served with celeriac puree, braised cabbage and bacon, and Granny Smith apple and cider foam and a dessert comprising a trio of chocolate dishes.


Mark was senior sous chef at the Josephoine restaurant at Langley Castle Hotel, near Hexham, but is shortly to become senior sous chef at Eslington Villa, Low Fell, joining his former mentor and previous Chef of the Year Jamie Walsh, who is head chef at the one-AA Rosette restaurant. Jamie and Mark worked together at the Fishermans Lodge in Jesmond.


Prior to the day of firece competition between the professional chefs for the senior title, students from Newcastle College found exactly the right ingredients for success when they won the prestigious NECTA Junior Chef of the Year competition.


The young chefs competed against five other colleges.

The two-day Salon Culinaire 2011 event for both professional chefs and colleges was judged by a panel of experts, including Michelin-starred chefs Nigel Haworth and Frances Atkins, David Kennedy, of NE2 Food Social, Adam Hegarty of Six restaurant at the BALTIC, and Parichat
Somsri-Kirby, head chef of Caf 21 at Fenwick.


Also celebrating was Amanda Robertson, 19, of South Tyneside College who was crowned EAT! North East Future Chef 2011, an event organised by the EAT! NewcastleGateshead food and drink festival, and hosted by NECTA.


NECTA is a partnership of the regions key players and leading culinary experts. Its aim is to provide excellence in food service and the culinary arts for the future success of the industry.

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