UK Seafood Competition Judges
For over twenty years, Franck has been creating the finest gastronomic experiences for celebrities, large corporations and small groups of friends and family. Trained in the French tradition of Traiteur (high class delicatessen), Franck is passionate about food and sharing his skills and knowledge, with students of all ages and abilities.
Franck has been judging the Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition since 2009.
Serge Nollent, Product Group Development Manager, Youngs
Serge is involved in all aspects of culinary development for Youngs in Grimsby. He has enjoyed an enviable career which has taken him across the globe and he is now responsible for product development across Youngs and retailer brand portfolio’s.
Nikki J Hawkins, Events Manager, Seafish
With a passion for the catering and hospitality industry, Nikki is a trained Chef with a background is in Hotel Catering. As events manager at Seafish, Nikki is involved in the organisation of major seafood industry events including the National Fish & Chip Awards, Seafood Week and Young Seafood Chef of the year.
Ben Bartlett (BBQ Ben), Celebrity Chef
Ben was the first winner of Britain’s Best BBQ’er and President of the British BBQ Association. Ben competes all over the world with The Best of British BBQ Team and owns his own food and drink company that advises retail and food service manufacturers.
As well as food consultancy, Ben has been involved in judging for the Young Seafood Chef of the Year for the past ten years.
Chairman of the Master Chefs of Great Britain and Chef Director of my own company thefullrangeltd.com.
45 years hospitality industry experience as Executive Chef position 4 and 5 star Hotels at home and abroad to running my own hugely successful seafood restaurant, Food development Chef for a world-famous food group and global brand ambassador.
Chairman of judges for many local and national salon culinieres and front face of Scottish Chef conference for 10 years.