The Search Begins for Britain’s Best Brigade 2016

30th January 2015

Following a highly successful first year, which saw eight supremely skilled chef teams from across the UK become YouTube stars, Essential Cuisine is launching its search for Britain’s Best Brigade 2016.

Think your chef team is Britain’s best? Enter now at

The Stock People are calling on kitchens to represent eight regions across the UK – London, the South East, the South West, the Midlands, the North East, the North West & Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland – with the prize of £1000 cash plus a bespoke menu development masterclass, up for grabs.

Seven runners-up will also receive £300 towards a team night on the tiles.   

With regional pride on the line, kitchens across hospitality, from hospitals and schools, to contract caterers, pubs, hotels, fine and casual outlets and beyond, are invited to enter at before April 22nd 2016 and demonstrate that theirs is the team with the best cooking, the biggest characters and the greatest camaraderie.

All entries will be judged by a highly respected panel of chefs, with eight regional representatives being chosen to bring their paper entries to life in the form of a 60-second video.

The final eight videos will then be put to a public vote to decide which should be crowned as Britain’s best.

 Nigel Crane, Managing Director for Essential Cuisine, said: “Teamwork is the element that elevates good chef teams to best brigades. Supreme skill and fantastic food are incredibly important factors in the success of an outlet, but in the heat of service, when the pressure is on, it is a solid team ethic that will carry you through to deliver brilliant dishes on time, every time.

Last year we saw something very special and were able to crown a highly talented bunch of chefs. If you think your brigade has what it takes to top 2015’s crop, then I urge you to get in touch today.”

In 2015’s competition, the finalists, including the award-winning Kingham Plough, Jamie’s Italian York and eventual winners, The Heritage Motor Centre, created highly individual and entertaining videos demonstrating their togetherness and cooking prowess.  Almost 1000 votes were cast in the public vote, with the Midlands outfit – a highly cohesive bunch with a serious passion for good food and TV’s The A-Team – pipping the seven others to the line.

The Heritage Motor Centre were awarded with a trophy, £1000 cash and a tapas tour-de-force masterclass from Simon Shaw, chef patron of El Gato Negro Manchester.

Heritage Motor Centre Head Chef, Paul Kelly commented at the time: “The masterclass was brilliant, totally different to anything we’ve done before, we’ve met new people, tasted new foods and seen new techniques – it’s great for all the team to be involved – the best bunch of lads in the country – and a fitting end to the journey.”

All the finalist videos and a video of the masterclass can be viewed on Essential Cuisine’s dedicated YouTube channel.