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Gastronomy Team of the Year finalists named

Published:  22 June, 2010

The Academy of Food & Wine has named the five teams through to the final of the 2010 Gastronomy Team of the Year.

Each have won their regional heat and will now compete in a 'cook & serve' final on July 19, at Westminster Kingsway College, London, where they will present a two-course menu with wines to a panel of judges.

The competition that is held in association with Discover the Origin campaign
must include Discover the Origin PDO ingredients Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and must be accompanied by a Burgundy, Port or wine from the Douro Valley.

The panel of judges will be looking for dishes that demonstrate careful consideration of ingredients, seasonality, balance of flavours, innovation and that are served with complementary wines. The judges will quiz the teams on their choice of ingredients, details of how they worked together to develop the dishes and their chosen wines.

Finalists are:

? Andaz, London - head chef Kadir Konuk and head sommelier Joris Beijn
? Fifth Floor, Harvey Nichols, London - chef Jan Kaplan and head sommelier Patrick Salles
? Hotel TerraVina, Hampshire - chef de partie Neil Cooper and sommelier Laurent Richet
? Saffron, Birmingham - executive chef Sudha Shankar Saha and sommelier Aklasul Momin
? Summer Lodge, Dorset - executive chef Steven Titman and head sommelier Clement Robert.

The winning team's establishment will receive an Academy training bursary of £3,000, along with the team's personal prize of a 10-day trip to France, Portugal and Italy. The runner-up's establishment will receive a £2,000 Academy training bursary.