Another great acquisition for the judging panel for the inaugural Egg Award is celebrated chef Ernst van Zyl who is currently Head Chef at the 2 AA RosetteEtrop Grange Hotelin Manchester, and has recently made some big waves in cooking circles producing some much lauded dishes which are as stunning in their presentation as they deliver on flavour. Ernst (or Ernie Chef as he is lovingly referred to) has secured a placement at Noma in Copenhagen for five weeks. Noma is classed as one of the 50 best restaurants in the world and annually they are always featured in the top ten.
Ernst was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, and moved to the U.K at the age of 21. He had already gained catering training and had worked as a Chef for a few years before arriving in the UK, bringing with him the experience of working in large hotel kitchens. After arriving in the UK, Ernst worked at the Hilton, Manchester Airport, and then moved down to London to work at the Hilton Kensington which offered further experience in a large and recognised hotel.
A small spell at the London Park Lane Hotel, offered valuable experience with high level service producing high end quality food to discerning customers. A tough but rewarding position, and one which provided such valuable experience to anyone wishing to develop further as a Chef and understand how to deal with mass catering while still producing quality food.