Eyck Zimmer, Executive Chef at Rocco Forte’s Lowry Hotel, was last night crowned
Knorr National Chef of the Year 2006.The biennial competition, run by the Craft
Guild of Chefs and sponsored by Knorr, is the most highly respected culinary
challenge in the industry today; previous winners include Mark Sargeant, Bruce
Sangster and Gordon Ramsay.
Eyck has received a large number of top honours. In 2000, he was awarded the
prestigious Master of Culinary Arts (MCA), which has only ever been received by 13
chefs in the UK, and won the UK Kikkoman Masters in London. Other impressive awards
include the Grand Prix de Cuisine at Le Trophee International de Cuisine et
Patisserie in Paris; the Prix Pierre Taittinger Culinaire London; gold medal at the
6th Internationale Koochknust Austellung Vienna, as well as the Prix Honour ‘Best
Exhibitor of the Show’ and two gold medals at Intergastra in Stuttgart.
German-born Eyck joined Rocco Forte’s Lowry Hotel in July 2005 as Executive Head
Chef. His influences extend from classic British dishes to the more diverse
flavours of fusion cuisine, basing his approach on the philosophy that cooking
should be a “carefully balanced reflection of all things nature has to offer”.