Master Of Culinary Arts 2017 Finalists Revealed

The UK’s highest culinary honour, only presented every four years, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts has announced the Finalists for its 2017 Master of Culinary Arts. Now in its 30th year, the awards celebrate those who display the mastery of the complex and specialised knowledge and skills in culinary arts. Amongst those reaching the final stages are leading chefs, pastry chefs and restaurant managers from some of the best culinary establishments in the UK. Winners of the MCA will be announced at a Gala Presentation Dinner on the 5th October at Claridge’s, London.

The award of Master of Culinary Arts (MCA) is conferred on those who have displayed mastery of the complex and specialised knowledge and skills in culinary arts which are required to be a first class chef, pastry chef, or for restaurant management and service. The holder of the MCA is able to prove advanced technical skill and professional ability; accept accountability for their decision-making; contribute to supervision and management; demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the principles of sustainability and the viability of our food sources throughout the scope of the food chain; demonstrate leadership and support the development of others; and act in the best interests of the culinary arts profession.

The Finalists are:


Adam Bennett, Chef Director, The Cross at Kenilworth

Chris Hill, Premier Sous Chef, The Ritz Hotel

Adam Smith, Executive Chef, Coworth Park

Adam Thomason, Head Chef, Deloitte, Restaurant Associates

Anthony Wright, Senior Chef Lecturer, University College Birmingham


Alistair Birt, Head Pastry Chef, Harrods

Nicolas Bouhelier, Head Pastry Chef, Lainston House Hotel

Nicholas Patterson, Teaching Chef, Le Cordon Bleu

Julie Sharp, Pastry Chef Technical Adviser, Barry Callebaut UK

Ross Sneddon, Executive Pastry Chef, The Balmoral Hotel


Lukas Andr, Restaurant Manager, Sexy Fish, Caprice Holdings

Alessandro Fasoli, General Manager, The Woodspeen Restaurant and Cookery School

Giovanni Ferlito, Head of Wine and Beverage, The Ritz London

Devid Isabella, Restaurant Manager, Wentworth Golf Club

Karim Le Cloarec, General Manager, Searcys at The Gherkin

Pierre Rizet-Mosser, Food & Beverage Manager, The Montagu Arms Hotel

The Finals will take place on Saturday 16th July at The Taste Lab, Classic Fine Foods for Pastry Chefs; Saturday 23rd September at University College Birmingham for Chefs; and Saturday 30th September at Le Gavroche for Restaurant Management & Service.