Lewis is best in North West

From the left, Stanley Housegeneral manager Philip Wharton, head chef Andrew Parker, commis chef Lewis Gallagher, executive head chef Steve Williams and sales and marketing manager Wendy Hope.
From the left, Stanley Housegeneral manager Philip Wharton, head chef Andrew Parker, commis chef Lewis Gallagher, executive head chef Steve Williams and sales and marketing manager Wendy Hope.

A YOUNG chef at a top Ribble Valley restaurant has tantalised the tastebuds of a panel of British master chefs to win a prestigious regional award.

Lewis Gallagher, a 21-year-old Commis Chef at Grill on the Hill at Stanley House Hotel, Mellor, scooped the North West Young Chef 2012, sponsored by Essential Cuisine.

hE beat four finalists in a cook-off at Manchester College and receives a week-long bursary at a top European restaurant, a luxury weekend away and a set of Chroma world class chef’s knives.

Lewis, who now has his sights on the National Young Chef of the Year later this year, said: “I feel on top of the world. I was waking up every morning thinking about the dishes I was going to cook, but all those weeks of worrying have paid off.”

Philip Wharton, General Manager at Stanley House, said: “We’re all very proud and pleased for Lewis. Under the mentorship of our executive head chef Steve Williams and head chef Andrew Parker, he has become an outstanding chef, but has his feet firmly on the ground.

“Lewis delivered three stunning dishes, made with a wealth of produce sourced from across the region, and the food would be worthy of any restaurant in the UK.”