Liverpool’s Bacaro Chef Wins 2019 UK Young Risotto Chef, Beating Tough National Competition

Bacaro on Castle Street entered their young chef Andrew Williams into the Gallo 2019 UK Young Risotto Chef and guess what…He won!

The competition features chefs aged from 18-25 years old and at different stages in the culinary career. The chosen chefs are invited to London to cook off their entry Risotto dish at Westminster College in a very demanding, high pressure environment, with the dishes then tasted by an esteemed panel of experienced chefs and experts.

Andrew Williams of Bacaro Liverpool developed the winning dish of Primitivo Risotto made with a caramelised onion broth, taleggio cheese, aged parmesan, Valrhona chocolate, toasted pine nuts and finished with white alba truffle and chive oil.

Matt Walsh, Group Executive Chef of Red & Blue Restaurants says “We are immensely proud of Andrew and the hard work he has put into this dish. He has beaten off stiff competition from some of the top restaurants in the UK and received excellent feedback from the judges. This award is testament to the training and the dishes we are producing in Bacaro and will put us on the culinary map”.

Andrew’s winning dish will not only be featured for one week in Gordon Ramsey’s Union Street Cafe, he will also receive an all expenses paid 3-day work experience at Angela Hartnett’s Michelin starred Italian Restaurant, Murano in Mayfair, London.

Paddy Smith owner, who spent 25 years in the kitchen himself said “I am delighted that our excellence in training and our quality of fresh produce from our chef teams has been recognised by some of the top people in the industry. We are looking forward to featuring Andrew’s winning dish  on the menu in Bacaro for our guests to enjoy soon”

For more on Bacaro head to the website here.

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