Local chef sees off Michelin Chefs and wins top National Award!

Established in 1965 and widely regarded as the “Chefs Oscars”, The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards took place recently to recognise the hospitality industry’s leading talent and local chef Danny Smith was among the winners…

The awards reviewed a total of 17 categories from apprentice chefs through to specialist chefs and recognised the outstanding talent in each.

Daniel Smith, Chef Patron at The Ingham Swan, The Wildebeest and Warwick St Social scooped the prestigious national Restaurant Chef Award, previously won by another Norfolk Chef, Galton Blackiston, in 2001. The Restaurant Chef award recognises an outstanding contribution to quality and innovation, taking into account not only customer endorsements and other accolades earned but also a successful year’s trading.

The category was judged by a panel of highly respected ambassadors from the industry who were looking for those qualities that made the winner stand out; who have made a real contribution to both their industry and also the wider community. This included training and mentoring others, recognition from food guides and the media as well as championing their cause for provenance/local/sustainable dishes. All of which are at the heart of Daniel’s growing Norfolk businesses.

“I am honoured and delighted to have won this top national award. Many of the UK’s leading chefs were in the frame and to have made it to the final three and then be announced the winner on the night was overwhelming. I am very proud of my Norfolk heritage and I dedicate this award to my incredible family who have supported me throughout my career. I hope it inspires the young people I have working with me in my kitchens that hard work and dedication pays off”.