Media Release: Mint Hotel searches for Superstar Chef

AWARD-winning city-centre hotel brand. Mint Hotel, has launched its Star Chef Competition, designed to showcase the talent of junior level chefs within its signature restaurant City Café.

“The prize up for grabs is fantastic,” says Scott Macdonald, group executive chef at Mint Hotel.

“The winner will receive a five-day stage at two Michelin-starred restaurant Hibiscus. They will also receive a commemorative Villeroy and Boch plate and their winning dish will feature on the City Café autumn menu. All three finalists will receive a branded and personalised chef jacket,” says Scott MacDonald.

The competition is open to Demi Chef de Partie or Commis Chefs, within all eight Mint hotels. Each kitchen must enter a team of three chefs. The first round and regional heats are running throughout August, when each City Café will hold a dinner event for 40 local residents, top clients, suppliers and partners. Each evening event will include a three-course meal, with each course produced by a different chef.

Following the Star Chef dinner heats, the chef from each hotel with the highest score will progress to one of two regional cook-offs against rival hotels, hosted in Mint Hotel Leeds and Mint Hotel Westminster.

The three overall highest point scorers from the cook-off heats will enter a final dinner heat on Thursday 8 September at Mint Hotel Tower of London, when a winner will be announced. Mint Hotel’s Group Executive Chef, Scott Macdonald will judge all heats in the competition, alongside a local food hero and each hotel’s General Manager.

“The competition is a great opportunity to showcase the uncompromising, memorable service of the talented young chefs. Locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal produce will also be on offer to sample at each event,” says Macdonald.

Media invitation

Mint Hotel would be delighted for local media to attend one of the City Café Star Chef Competition dinner heats, which will be held on the following dates:

Mint Hotel Bristol – 3 August 2011

Mint Hotel Glasgow – 4 August 2011

Mint Hotel Manchester – 10 August 2011

Mint Hotel Westminster – 11 August 2011

Mint Hotel Birmingham – 12 August 2011

Mint Hotel Tower of London – 17 August 2011

Mint Hotel Amsterdam – 18 August 2011

Mint Hotel Leeds – 19 August 2011

The Star Chef Competition is the ideal opportunity to explore a Mint hotel, and enjoy a locally-sourced three-course meal.

Alternatively, the semi-finals will be held at Mint Hotel Westminster on 30 August 2011 and at Mint Hotel Leeds on 31 August 2011. The final is scheduled to be hosted at Mint Hotel Tower of London on Thursday 8 September 2011.

If you would like to attend any of the above events please get in touch with or call 0207 953 7589.

About Mint Hotel:

Mint Hotel is a dynamic, innovative and award-winning city-centre hotel brand, founded in 1995 by David Orr, Sandy Orr and Donald MacDonald. It offers seven UK hotels – in London (Westminster and Tower of London), Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow – and one international property, Mint Hotel Amsterdam, which opened in June 2011. The group has 2,783 rooms and around 1,500 employees in total.

City Café is Mint Hotel’s signature restaurant, featuring award-winning chefs who focus on locally-sourced ingredients and seasonality. Mint Hotel’s destination bars include the unique SkyLounge with its stunning city views, in London (Tower of London), Leeds and Amsterdam.

Mint Hotel offers ‘blank canvas’ flexible spaces to create inspired meetings and special events, with features such as natural daylight through floor-to-ceiling windows. Mint Hotel is the only hotel brand offering iMacs in guest rooms as standard and has free Wi-Fi throughout.

For more information please contact:

Sarah Potter

Results PR

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7953 7589


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