Chef’s award is icing on cake for Lanarkshire venue

One of the chefs at luxury five-star Lanarkshire venue, Crossbasket Castle in East Kilbride has walked away with a top award at this year’s Chocolate Show in London.

Pastry chef, David Simak, scooped the Chocolate Dessert of the Year after impressing judges with his delicate creation titled ‘Hazelnut, Wild Blueberry and Yuzu Mousse’. He was praised for his finesse, complementary flavours and creative innovation.

Now on its fourth year, the Chocolate Show held at London’s Olympia National Hall brings together top-tier chefs, chocolatiers and chocolate companies for what is hailed as the UK’s biggest celebration of chocolate.  

Speaking of his impressive new accolade, David said: “I’m extremely honoured to have been crowned the winner of the Chocolate Dessert of the Year competition. I am sincerely grateful for the recognition I have received for my work, especially as I was up against such tough competition.

“Having the opportunity for your food to be sampled by some of the UK’s most well-respected judges is incredible. However, nothing can beat that moment when you are standing in a line with some of the most talented chefs in the UK and it’s you that is declared the winner.”  

A highly accomplished and passionate pastry chef, David honed his craft working as junior pastry sous chef at Gleneagles Hotel. He soon progressed to head pastry chef at five-star establishments in Edinburgh and Ascot, before finding himself on the radar of renowned chefs and restaurateurs Albert and Michel Roux Jr.

Proving his natural talent, David was invited to join the team at their second Albert and Michel Roux Jr culinary venture in Scotland, based at Crossbasket Castle in High Blantyre.  

Operated by luxury hotel management group Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI), Crossbasket Castle launched in April this year following a £9 million restoration by a local businessman and his wife, Steve Timoney and Alison Reid-Timoney.

Featuring a restaurant, nine bedrooms, and a new grand ballroom which can seat up to 250 people, it is one of the area’s most sought after events and weddings venues.

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