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The Bonnington’s Chef Paul in the Chef of the Year Competition – Regional Final

Meet Paul Bussey, our Executive Sous Chef, who just landed a spot in the regional final of the 2012 Unilever Chef of the Year competition. Winning the regional heat would see him jet of to sunny South Africa for the finals in September this year!

Before joining the team at the Bonnington, Paul used to work for The Ivy, Rivington Grill, and Verre by Gordon Ramsey in Dubai. Prior to coming to the UAE, he could be found at Bluebird in London’s swish Chelsea neighbourhood and he also spent time working for Angela Hartnett at the Connaught in London.

Every year, Unilever Food Solutions provides innovative young chefs with the opportunity to prove their worth in the culinary world, by challenging them to create and produce the most original, utterly delicious, beautifully plated dishes.

Once again, the competition will be judged by several leading, respected figures in the culinary world.

New this year is the introduction of two exciting categories:

Creative Canapés and the Confectionery Showcase where chefs will have the opportunity to dazzle the judges in the following criteria:

  • Most Indulgent
  • Best Innovative Presentation
  • Best use of Unilever Food Solutions ingredients
  • Best Representation of Theme

The Dubai competition will take place at the prestigious Emirates Academy of Hospitality on Saturday, 2nd June, and Paul will have only 3 short hours to prepare a three course meal for 3 people from scratch and using only ingredients from the mystery basket list he’ll be given just before he’s ready to hit the kitchen.

We wish Chef Paul the best of luck and hope to see him represent the Bonnington and Dubai in South Africa in September!

Feel free to cheer Paul on by posting a message of support to our Facebook Pages, here or here, or by tweeting us and including the hashtag #gopaulgo

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