Chefs at Play

Congratulations to our 2017 Chefs at Play winner, Wendy Lo. 

We are proud to announce this year’s Chefs at Play winner is none other than Gary MacLean’s protégée Wendy Lo. After an intense four-way cook off, Wendy Lo from the City of Glasgow College came in first place with her stunning tart “Taste of Spring”.

Using our Sweet Tartelette Cases she created these delightful on-the-go patisseries with honey blossom mousse, topped with elderflower and strawberry jelly and lemon curd, garnished with fresh strawberries, blueberries and pistachio nuts.

This stunning tart will be available next week at our Taste of London stand where Wendy will work alongside James Tanner and our Aryzta Food Solutions development chefs.

Wendy Lo said: “I’m so excited, I can’t really take it in. It was such a close call, because everybody’s creations were so good, and so different with regards to flavours. I just wanted to make something that reflected British seasonality and bursts of spring colour – a celebration of the great outdoors. To have it recreated for Taste of London, and to get the chance to work there with the team, is such an amazing opportunity for me – I can’t wait.”

Chef ambassador James Tanner added: “What a fantastic showcase for young pastry talent in the UK. The pressure was on, yet all around we saw cool heads, professionalism, sublime skill and, most importantly, smiling faces. The passion and innovation really showed in the four final creations – in the end, Wendy’s handle of flavour and her insistence on simplicity paired with seasonality, shone through. Congratulations to all four finalists, you’ve done yourselves and your mentors proud. I can’t wait to see Wendy in action yet again at Taste of London.”

We want to thank all our contestants for their amazing work:

  • Aaron Kenny, 23, Combined Services: Orelys and Lime Frappe Tart
  • Runner-up: Jennifer Brummitt, 22, Owner of The Sweet Life sandwich bar: Traditional Mojito Tart
  • Runner-up: Alice Prothero, 21, University College Birmingham: Margarita Taco

We hope to see you at Taste of London where you can savour this amazing dessert!