Norwegian prawns and halibut win prize for young London chef

Up-and-coming British chef Simon Webb has won the first prize in the Norwegian Seafood Recipe Challenge in London.

His winning ways with Norwegian farmed halibut and Norwegian cold-water prawns impressed the panel of judges headed by celebrity chef Pascal Proyart from one of Londons most famous fish restaurants, the One-O-One. 
This is the eighth year running that the Norwegian Seafood Export Council (NSEC), jointly with the Craft Guild of Chefs, organises the Norwegian Seafood Recipe Challenge in the UK. Eight promising chefs made it to the final from the semi-final held at the Restaurant Show in August.  Simon Webb, who is head chef at Barclays Wealth for Restaurant Associates, also took part three years ago. 
This year is the first time that the NSEC has had its own stand at the Restaurant Show, the leading UK trade fair within the catering industry. Many Norwegian seafood exporters were featured at the show, and it was a natural choice for Pascal Proyart to head the judging panel as he is an ambassador for Norwegian seafood, treating his guests at One-O-One to a number of seafood delicacies from Norway.

The winner of the Norwegian Seafood Recipe Challenge, Simon Webb, together with the Norwegian ambassador to the UK, Bjarne Lindstrøm, Dag Otterlei of Nordic Seafarms and Nick Vadis, president of Craft Guild of Chefs. Photo: Tove Sleipnes / NSEC

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