Our Isaac Griffin named the winner of the UK rising star chef competition

We’re so proud to announce that our Chef De Partie, Isaac Griffin, has been named the winner of the 2019 Steelite International UK Rising Star Chef Competition. The competition sees chefs from around the UK, between the ages of 18-25, and currently working in a 4* and 5* hotel restaurants, compete against one another in a series of cook-offs.

Having reached the final, Isaac had to create a main dish for an esteemed judging panel, using only ingredients that were revealed on the day. As if there was any doubt, Isaac smashed it, and his flair and creativity shone through and beat-off the stiff competition.

Having started out in building and construction, a chance temporary job as Kitchen Porter at the Crowne Plaza – Manchester Airport saw him taken under the wing of renowned northern chef, Andrew Green, now Executive Head Chef at Mamucium. Under Andrew’s guidance he discovered his passion for gastronomy.

Within a year of working at the Crowne Plaza – Manchester Airport, Griffin had progressed to the role of Commis Chef and made the move to the Lowry Hotel with Andrew Green. Here he was named Demi Chef de Partie and nominated for the Manchester Hoteliers Association’s (MHA) Young Chef of the Year where he came runner up.

Andrew Green, Executive Head Chef of Mamucium said: “We are immensely proud of Isaac and the hard work he has put into this competition. To see him beat off a stellar line-up of young chefs, from some of the top restaurants in the UK and receive the excellent feedback he did has been incredible to see. This win is testament to the absolute dedication he has for his job and the passion he holds for the dishes he produces. He’s a core member of the team here at Mamucium and is helping to put us firmly on Manchester’s culinary map”.