Sheffield chef chosen to represent the UK in the world’s largest and most prestigious chef contest

A Sheffield-born chef has been chosen to represent the UK in the world’s largest and most prestigious chef contest.

Wednesday, 25th September 2019, 10:05 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 4:01 pm
Ian Musgrave being presented with his trophy by Bocuse d’Or UK Academy chair, Andreas Antona and UK President, Simon Rogan. From left to right Andreas Antona, Simon Rogan and Ian Musgrave. Photo by Jodi Hinds Food Photographer London.
Ian Musgrave being presented with his trophy by Bocuse d’Or UK Academy chair, Andreas Antona and UK President, Simon Rogan. From left to right Andreas Antona, Simon Rogan and Ian Musgrave. Photo by Jodi Hinds Food Photographer London.

Ian Musgrave, who is now the sous chef at The Ritz in London, competed against three other top chefs at The Restaurant Show in London to win the Bocuse d’Or UK.

He joined The Ritz as chef de partie in 2011, and during this time the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star. Ian also won the British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year in 2018.

Ian said: “I’ve always felt inspired by the Bocuse d’Or competition and what it represents, the importance and the history of haute or grand cuisine. To win and represent the UK is a true honour.”

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Chefs competing in the Bocuse d’Or UK Selection had three hours and 45 minutes to prepare a vegetable terrine and a poultry dish, with six portions served to judges.

Ian’s winning menu included wood roast pepper, tomato and basil terrine with avocado, black olive and elixir of tomato and chicken and leek royal, lovage emulsion and fennel flower. He will now compete for a place in the world final in the European heats in Estonia, in June 2020.

Simon Rogan, President of Bocuse d’Or UK, said: “The Bocuse d’Or is the best competition in the world and we have the British chef capable of winning it. To have a UK candidate on the podium would be the proudest moment of my career.”​​​​​​​