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Manchester chef wins QHotels' chef cook-off

Campbell Mclean, senior sous chef at The Midland hotel praised for his fresh food-focused conference menu

Pictured: the panel judges this year's chef cook-off

A winning menu from The Midland senior sous chef Campbell Mclean has seen him crowned winner of this year's QHotels' chef cook-off.

The Manchester chef produced a three-course alternate drop menu for conferences and events, which was judged by the group's top food and beverage experts, as well as a QHotels' Event Profs Panel member Phoebe Benta.

Now in its third year, the 2017 competition brought together 20 QHotels' senior chefs with the task of designing a new conference dinner menu which will launch in autumn/ winter 2017.

Julian Prosser, group executive chef at QHotels, said: "At QHotels we recognise the importance of food in delivering a successful event, so each year we put our chefs to the test to ensure we’re offering the best dining experiences for our customers.

"We were particularly impressed by the colourful plates that Campbell presented in the competition. The menu offers a fine dining experience for delegates, but at the same time can be served on a large scale, providing a consistent quality service.  We’re confident that this will be extremely well received at our events this autumn."

Mclean's food items including marinated rainbow trout, beetroot puree, parma ham crisp and watercress as a starter and pork fillet with parsley and peppercorn crust with potato rosti, Savoy cabbage, slow roasted cherry tomatoes and toasted almonds as main.

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