Profile: Eyck Zimmer, executive chef, the Lowry hotel, Manchester
It's been an exceptional few weeks for Eyck Zimmer
Not only was he
crowned 2006 National Chef of the Year last month, but 10 days ago he
was named Manchester
Chef of the Year.
When Eyck Zimmer
was awarded Best Main Course at the awards dinner for the Knorr
National Chef of the Year last month he
Not that he
wasn't grateful for receiving the accolade, of course, but he
attempts at the title had been dashed and the Best Main Course was something of a sop.
"I had a face like a slapped bottom and couldn't even smile when I went up to collect my plate.
I was in it to win it," he
was actually named winner of the Craft Guild of Chefs'
most prestigious title he
was, naturally, over the moon.
"It's a great feeling," he
Zimmer, executive head chef of Rocco Forte's stunning Lowry hotel in Manchester, is one of the most experienced and qualified competition chefs around.
It's the greatest culinary spectacle in the world," says Zimmer
According to David Mulcahy, competition director and vice-president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Zimmer was a "totally clear and unanimous winner".
Mulcahy says that Zimmer
kept his recipes simple so that the judges (there were three separate groups judging) could recognise the key ingredients.
Of course, competitions do not appeal to everyone, and Zimmer
does recognise that it's horses for courses.
Born in East Germany in 1969, Zimmer
was lucky to grow up in a family where good food was always appreciated.
grandmother and father were keen amateur cooks, and their passion for food encouraged him to take it up at an early age.
"My home is Manchester
now, so I am trying to make an impact on the food scene here," says Zimmer
, who moved to the Lowry hotel last year.
Managing a brigade of 31 chefs, he
oversees banqueting for up to 290 in the ballroom, eight smaller private meeting rooms, the 120-seat River restaurant and food for the hotel's 165 bedrooms and bar, which has increasingly become a busy food outlet.
Eyck Zimmer, Executive head chef, the Lowry hotel, Manchester
Winner: Eyck Zimmer
Best main course: Eyck Zimmer