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Forest Side's Martin Frickel aims to be named Chef of the Year

Published on: Thursday 21st June 2018

Senior sous chef to battle it out at prestigious awards

Martin Frickel, left, and Luke Whittle

A Cumbrian chef is in the running for one of the UK’s most prestigious culinary titles.

Martin Frickel (pictured left), senior sous chef at the Forest Side Hotel in Grasmere, is on a shortlist of 10 who will compete to be named National Chef of the Year.

Run by the Craft Guild of Chefs, the competition has a 46-year history of winners including Gordon Ramsay, Mark Sargeant, Simon Hulstone, Alyn Williams, Russell Bateman and latest Michelin star recipient, Hrishikesh Desai.

In order to make it to the finals, Martin had to battle through a series of cook-offs against some of the country’s leading young chefs.

He said: “I’m hugely humbled and excited to make it through to the final 10. The level of cooking on display was simply awesome, and a real credit to everyone involved in the process so far.

“For my part it’s been a tough and emotional journey, but I can’t wait to see what has been lined up for us in the final part of this prestigious competition.”

Before the final, all 10 chefs will take part in a Mentor Day in September.

The final takes place at the Restaurant Show in October with judges including Tom Kerridge, Clare Smyth, Philip Howard, Ollie Dabbous and Mark Flanagan.

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