HEAT: The finalists are announced for Heat 2019

The finalists have been announced for the culinary college competition Heat, supported by Samphire, that is back this March for a third year! Some of the top colleges in the UK have competed to win the opportunity to take part in this prestigious culinary competition that has become a highlight in the National Craft Guild of Chefs events calendar.


The four finalists are: Bangor (NI), Middlesbrough, Farnborough and Jersey. The rising star chefs will go head-to-head over 2 days of competition led by high profile chef from each college location. They will battle it out at Highlands College in Jersey for the Peter Queree Trophy.

The standard of competition is high:
• Michelin starred chef Lee Smith from Samphire will lead the Jersey Team.
• Michelin starred Frances Atkins will head up the team from Middlesbrough.
• Robert Kennedy is the Culinary Director for Compass Group and he will lead the Farnborough team.
• Paul McKnight, Executive Chef for the Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast will be hoping that he can impress with the team from Bangor called South Eastern College.

Visiting student chefs also will get a chance to explore the island and they will be taken to meet local suppliers to see some of our best local produce at its source.

Each college will cook a three-course lunch or dinner that will be judged by four top chefs in the UK catering industry on 05 March and  06 March at the Highlands Academy Restaurant. Front of house students from each college will also be judged on their level of service. Come and taste their delicious creations!

The Judges:
Henri Brosi – Executive Chef, The Dorchester
Stephen Scuffell – Craft Guild of Chef Vice President, and Chef Ambassador, Gourmet Classic
Andrew Bennett MBE – Chair of the Craft Guild of Chefs
Paul Gayler MBE – Chef Consultant

Lee Smith, Head Chef at the Michelin starred restaurant Samphire and Highlands College Chef Lecturer Dominic Farrell will lead the students on the Jersey Team. Chef Lee Smith commented: “I am really looking forward to leading the Jersey team and working alongside the talent of the future. The Jersey Team won last year so the pressure is on and the competition is of a very high standard, with some of the top colleges in the UK competing.”

The winners will be announced at a prestigious Gala Celebration dinner that will be hosted by a celebrity chef on Thursday 07 March at St Brelade’s Bay Hotel. Tickets are available to the public. Please check out Eventbrite for more details.

Eileen Buicke-Kelly, Director – Culinary Arts, Hospitality Studies and Catering Operations at Highlands College said: “We are very excited to welcome some of the top talent from three outstanding culinary colleges in the UK to compete here in Jersey once again against our students at the Academy Restaurant at Highlands College. The students competing will all work alongside local well-known chefs, cooking and serving some classical dishes with a modern twist. The team here at Highlands College is looking forward to showcasing what Jersey has to offer with their up and coming chefs and hospitality students.”

Dave Chalk, Jersey Craft Guild of Chefs added: “This is the third Heat event we have held and the Craft Guild of Chefs is ready to repeat the show with Heat 2019. At the Craft Guild we believe strongly in the development of the next generation of caterers, which is why we have devised Heat in partnership with Highlands College, PACE and Freedom Media. Jersey is one of the most foodie destinations in Britain, and we are not short of locally produced, reared and caught produce all year round - a selection of which
you will taste throughout this competition.”