Scarborough chefs are award winners

Cafe Fish chefs Kirill Savonins, left, and David Jenkinson, came away from a recent major culinary competition loaded with awards. Kirill won a silver award, while David won a gold award for being a class winner, and both won 1st for hygenie. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130419    22/01/2013
Cafe Fish chefs Kirill Savonins, left, and David Jenkinson, came away from a recent major culinary competition loaded with awards. Kirill won a silver award, while David won a gold award for being a class winner, and both won 1st for hygenie. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130419 22/01/2013
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Scarborough fish proved to be the dish of the day at a prestigious national food competition.

Scarborough chefs Kirill Savonins and David Jenkinson, of Cafe Fish, scooped a number of awards at Hospitality 2013 at the Birmingham NEC using a range of local produce.

David won first place in his category with a dish of tea-smoked Scarborough halibut, pan fried with chorizo and rosemary butter.

The fish was served with curried polenta, whiskey-glazed baby beetroot, roasted fennel and cherry confit tomatoes.

David, who was also awarded a first for hygiene, beat stiff competition from The Savoy, who were in second place.

Kirill got a silver medal in his class, plus a first in hygiene. He served up Scarborough dab paupiettes stuffed with Scarborough lobster, crab and spinach, with baby pea shoots, crushed potato and a vodka lobster bisque.

William Bell, owner of Cafe Fish, said: “It’s a fantastic thing for us and for Scarborough fish as well.

“All the fish and shellfish we used at the event was from Scarborough, so we’re promoting the fish and Scarborough as a town.

“The judges kept mentioning Scarborough, which was fabulous to hear.”

Mr Bell added that he was incredibly proud of his chefs and that he even shed a tear when the results were called out.

He said: “I was so thrilled - I felt like Alex Ferguson!

“I work hard with the chefs and I’m really proud of them.”

The restaurant has been taking part in the Hospitality event for the for 14 years.

The food and drink section of the show attracts thousands of visitors each year.