Vicky Wainwright, chef de partie for Marco’s New York Italian Sheffield, has won the inaugural Marco Pierre White chef awards, sponsored by CCS.

Vicky Wainwright, chef de partie for Marco’s New York Italian Sheffield, has won the inaugural Marco Pierre White chef awards, sponsored by CCS.

Vicky competed against three other finalists in a highly contested final held at Mr. White’s English Chophouse at Hotel La Tour, Birmingham.

The competition was arranged by Marco Pierre White to challenge his junior chefs and create a platform for them to step-up and raise their profile across his establishments.

The four finalists had one hour, 30 minutes to cook a dish inspired by Marco’s cooking style and in keeping with what is served across his restaurants today, with the three star Michelin chef leading the judging panel alongside his chef director, Andrew Bennett.

The winning dish was oxtail lasagne with smoked garlic mash and baked vegetables. Marco said: “When I judge I look at technical ability but I also look at which dish I prefer to eat. I love oxtail and this dish is fitting to the ethos of the food we serve across our restaurants. It’s simple, it’s not trying to be too clever, you know exactly what you’re going to get and it tastes delicious.”

Vicky received a set of MAC Knives, supplied in a personalised case from CCS as her prize and her Oxtail Lasagne will also feature as a special across Marco’s restaurants.

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