Union Street Cafe to feature winning rice dish

Italian rice specialists, Riso Gallo is searching for Young Risotto Chef of the Year, aimed at budding chefs aged 18 - 25 years old, with a cook-off set for next Monday (22nd).

Davide Degiovanni (pictured), Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Café, is one of the judges, and the winning recipe will feature on the menu at the eatery for a week.

The winner will also receive an three day trip to Milan to cook with the chefs in two starred Michelin restaurant Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, featured in the Guida Gallo - an illustrious guide to the best Risotto restaurants and recipes in the world produced every three years by Riso Gallo.

The runner-up will win a three day cooking experience with Danilo Cortellini at The Italian Embassy in London, for the planning and execution of a gala dinner (accommodation will be arranged by Riso Gallo). Entrants are asked to send a recipe and image of their risotto plus why they believe winning will enhance their catering career.

The top six yet-to-revealed entrants will enter a cook-off on Monday at London's Westminster College, and will be judged on the day by renowned chefs: Degiovanni, as mentioned, Danilo Cortellini, former Professional MasterChef Finalist, and Paul Gayler MBE, former Executive Chef at The Lanesborough and author, and Fabio Pesani from the renowned 2 Michelin star Aimo e Nadia in Milan.

Joining the judges will be Food Director at Woman & Home, Jane Curran, Bruce Langlands, Head of Food & Hospitality at Selfridges and MD at Riso Gallo UK, Jason Morrison.