Stanley House chef Lewis Gallagher shortlisted for a prestigious Acorn scholarship
PUBLISHED: 12:59 14 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:22 20 February 2013
A young chef at Mellor's Stanley House Hotel and Spa has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry scholarship scheme, headed up by restaurateur and acclaimed chef, Michael Caines.
A young chef at Mellors Stanley House Hotel and Spa has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry scholarship scheme, headed up by restaurateur and acclaimed chef, Michael Caines.
Blackburn-born Lewis Gallagher, commis chef at Stanley Houses Grill on the Hill, has been shortlisted for the Acorn Scholarship, which aims to seek out talented individuals within the catering and hospitality industry and help them attain their ambitions.
Fresh from being named as one of the top young chefs in Britain at the National Young Chef of the Year Awards, 21 year old Lewis Gallagher, will now present to a high-profile panel of judges which includes Michael Caines and Christian Armstrong, operations planning director, Guoman and Thistle Hotels.
The winner of the Acorn scholarship 2013, now in its 11th year, will win a 2,000 bursary to use towards professional development and will also gain insight from a mentoring programme, regular coaching sessions and an educational trip to one of Europes top restaurants. The victor will be announced a presentation dinner on November 26, London and will have the opportunity to meet with leading industry professionals at a development breakfast the following day.
Speaking of the news, Lewis commented: Its great to be recognised as a chef with ambition and being shortlisted gives me a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how much I would like to further my career in this sector.
The head chef at Stanley Houses Grill on the Hill, Andy Parker has played a fundamental part in helping me progress and it would mean the world to me to one day inspire other young chefs to realise their potential. For that to happen I need the experiences that the Acorn Scholarship would bring.
This will only be my second trip to London but Im not phased and I cant wait to be mixing with top industry experts.
Stanley House Hotel and Spas general manager, Philip Wharton added:
Lewis has wowed foodies and customers with his delicious dishes but this time he will be judged by his passion to develop within the industry.
We are hopeful he is declared the winner. Lewis fully deserves the opportunity to showcase his can-do attitude to the judges.
Lewis joined Stanley House two years ago and has already been named North West Young Chef of the Year before taking on seven of the best chefs in the UK at the National competition. He wowed judges at the Restaurant Show, live at Earls Court, London last month to be named as one of two runners-up.