Craig WINS MasterChef : The Professional 2017

On Thursday 21st December 2017 Craig became the youngest ever chef to win MasterChef : The Professionals.

Craig w MCP trophy at bar

From the start Craig impressed the judges with his skills and innovative dishes.   He smashed the skills tests and wowed the critics with his beautiful and really tasty food. Jay Raynor claimed he’d like to steal his ideas!  He cooked for Gary Jones at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons and Mauro Colagreco at Mirazur in France, both of which hold 2 Michelin stars.  In finals week Craig cooked for the Chefs Table, an audience of 23 culinary giants.  The VIP guests held 22 Michelin stars between them.  Craig’s Vanilla Creme Brulee with Calvados Ice Cream and a Spiced Brioche Doughnut dessert brought the house down and received such high praise from the esteemed guests.

Craig is a local lad, he went to Furze Platt Senior School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.  He was first inspired by cooking flapjacks with his Mum, a dish he used with a twist during the competition.

We cannot begin to explain how proud we are of Craig.  This is such an outstanding achievement; so very well deserved and it really couldn’t happen to a nicer more modest lad!

In Marcus Wareing’s words.  ‘You don’t come across cooks like Craig very often; we’ve found someone very special, we’ve just found the star of the future’.

Tonight we are holding the first of 6 MasterChef Dinners where Craig will showcase fours of his favourite MasterChef winning dishes.  Click here to take a look at the menu.


About The Royal Oak Paley Street

Owned by Nick Parkinson this 17th-c pub has a stylish elegance and a relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere. It is one of only 10 Michelin star pub restaurants in the country and one of only two that also hold 3 AA Rosettes.
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