A Beacon of Excellence

Bristol, once again, showed why it is one of the UK’s top culinary destinations.

A full house at the Colonnade Restaurant at Bristol Beacon on Monday enjoyed the best of the South West at The Chefs’ Forum Bristol lunch.

Top Local Chefs Cepdia Schrouder (Executive Chef, Bristol Marriott Royal), Dan Rosser (Chef Patron, Noah’s), Matt Gibbs (Head Chef, Colonnade at Bristol Beacon) and Lucy Lourenco Queiroz (Executive Chef, Bristol Loaf) were joined by students from City of Bristol College at a sell-out lunch.

Host Catherine Farinha, Director of The Chefs’ Forum, said afterwards: “We always love coming back to where it all started. Bristol never lets us down and the chefs put on a showstopper. Lunch was perfect and it was wonderful to see the smiles on the faces of the students. They get such a lot from our lunches and events.

“Just recently we were told by one of our colleges, how much our work improves grades and employability and that was evident today.”

City of Bristol College said: “Our students worked alongside some serious talent today in the kitchen to help put out the lunch and they got a lot from it. They were able to see professional cooking up close and see how they will fit in when they leave. Outstanding.”

The lunch…

Starter – Cepdia Schrouder (Bristol Marriott Royal)
Whipped goats cheese, pickled vegetables, beetroot purée and herb oil

Fish Course – Dan Rosser (Noah’s)
Crisp fried line-caught Cornish haddock, split pea purée and tartare sauce

Main Course – Matt Gibbs (Colonnade at Bristol Beacon)
Pan roasted Aussie wagyu picanha, beef dripping, carrot, wild garlic and Saucery red wine jus

Dessert – Lucy Lourenco Queiroz (Bristol Loaf)
Rhubarb and ginger pavlova with bay leaf cream

Thank you to our sponsors: MCS Technical Products, Aussie Beef & Lamb, Off to Work, Hotel, Restaurant & Catering, Dole Foodservice, Chef Works, Saucery, Brown Brothers, New Wave Seafood, Wedgwood and Carita Coffee.

Photography and film by Carlos Farinha.