Kikkoman Masters 2018 Finalists Announced


Global brand leader in soy sauce has announced ten finalists in its highly regarded Kikkoman Masters Chefs Competition.  The ten finalists will go on to compete for the coveted title and win a seven-day trip to Japan.

Entrants are required to devise a two-course menu using Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce as integral to the dish. 

Judges include TV Chef Brian Turner CBE; David Mulcahy Craft Guild of Chefs; Adam Handling, Frog by Adam Handling; Selin Kiazim, Oklava and Kyseri; Simon Hulstone Chef/Owner, The Elephant in Torquay and Bing-yu Lee of Kikkoman UK. 

Chair of judges, David Mulcahy said “Each year the standard of entries gets better and better and this year was no exception.  We have seen an increase in many unusual ingredients and the final 10 chefs have produced some inspirational dishes.”

Bing-yu Lee, Kikkoman UK Manager said “We were delighted with the response from chefs this year.  In addition to the high standard of entries it’s clear that chefs are thinking very carefully about their dishes and paying attention to the fine detail.  This year we’ve seen a big increase in the number of Oriental influenced dishes.”

The final of this prestigious catering competition will take place at the Restaurant Show on Monday 1 October.  All the above judges will be there to watch the finalists recreate their starter and main course and select a worthy winner.  The finalists will have just 90 minutes to create their dishes using meat or fish in either course.

The final ten are as follows:

Dan Graham, Chef Paton, At the Dinner Party by Dan Graham

Liam Grime, Cple Chef CSCAT Team Captain, RAF Benson

Andrew Kojima, Executive Chef, Koj Restaurants

Aaron Latham, Executive Chef, De Montford University

Robbie Lorraine, Executive Chef, Grazing

Sam Nash, Junior Sous Chef, L’Enclume

Ronnel Nulud, Hospitality Head Chef, Unilever (Sodexo)

Terry O’Riordan, Executive Chef, Compass

Lily Stock, Apprentice Chef, Boodles

Fergus Wilford, Cliveden House

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