Alistair Birt

Alistair Birt

Whilst studying for a degree in the Culinary Arts Alistair found a passion for chocolate and all things sweet. Under the tutorage of Yolande Stanley MCA Alistair competed in many national competitions and trained with some of the best in the UK and abroad including Ewarld Notter. This culminated to Alistair representing the UK at Worldskills in Calgary 2009 where he came 5th (the highest ever finish for a UK Participant) and achieved a medallion of excellence.  Alistair has worked at William Curley for 5 years where he holds…

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Brett Graham

Brett Graham

Brett grew up in Newcastle (Australia), where he began his cooking career, aged 15, at Scratchley’s on the Wharf, a simple fish restaurant. Later he moved to Sydney where,he worked under Liam Tomlin at Banc restaurant. During his time there he won the Josephine Pignolet Award.  This moved Brett  to travel to the UK where he secured a possition at The Square, 2 Michelin stars where he honed his skills for three years. The Ledbury opened in 2005, gained its first Michelin star the following year and…

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Gerard Chouet

Gerard Chouet

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Gerard Chouet is the head pastry chef at Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. Born and raised in France, Gerard has nonetheless spent much of his career working in the UK including stints at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall. He has been the pastry chef at Andrew Fairlie for seven years and describes it as the best atmosphere he has ever worked in. The Staff Canteen caught up with Gerard to find out what life is like for a French pastry chef in rural…

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Michael was never fond of school, but he soon found he was a quick learner in the kitchen.Michael was born and bred in Inverness. He wasn’t really interested in school, and was looking for any avenue to get out of education. He started a part time job at a restaurant in the Glen Morrison Hotel pot washing, and realized he enjoyed the camaraderie of the kitchen.Taking an HND in Edinburgh with work experience at Arisaig House, Michael met one of the first high profile English…

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Philip Howard

Philip Howard

A quiet culinary professional, an absolute chef’s chef and highly respected culinary figure, Philip Howard has been the head chef and co-owner (with Nigel Platts-Martin) of The Square since its opening in 1991. He saw the restaurant relocate in 1997 from its original site in St James’s to its current location in Bruton Street, Mayfair. Prior to joining The Square, Phil worked with Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s, and Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum. He started his career at Roux Restaurants, having changed tack following the attainment of a…

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Welcome

Our 9th Annual Conference, will be held in the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow on the 17th November 2014, note it in your diary, as it's a couple of weeks later than previous conferences.

Demonstraitors this year will include 
Philip Howard (The Square) London, 2 Michelin star
Michael Smith (The Three Chimneys) Isle of Skye 
Alistair Birt
, Head chocolatier at William Curley
Brett Graham ( The Ledbury) 2 Michelin star.
Gerard Chouet (Andrew Fairlie at - Gleneagles ) 2 Michelin star

Once again a superb line up of culinary talent demonstrating to share their skills and expertise with us.
With attendees expected to number around 700 chefs and student chefs it will be another excellent opportunity to meet, network and expand our knowledge bases and repertoire; with techniques from some of the most respected Chefs in the World.

Once again our sponsor are invited as they make the entire conference possible and so it is also a chance to meet the suppliers, their latest products and learn about new innovations from companies who can support chefs in kitchens and businesses and to network and socialise with fellow chefs and associates much of which is done at the evening dinner extravaganza.

Your compare again this year George McIvor a past Chairman of the Master Chefs of Great Britain