Chefs @Emmanuel

Emmanuel College is proud of its reputation as the best place for private dining in Cambridge – our award winning chefs use seasonal and local produce and offer a choice of imaginative menus – combined with discreet and attentive service to ensure each lunch or dinner is something special.

24th IKA/Culinary Olympics 2016

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Emmanuel College chefs triumphed at the 24th IKA/Culinary Olympics in October 2016 held in Erfurt, Germany. In 18 glass kitchens more than 2,000 chefs from over 50 countries competed.

Nathan Aldous and Dan Abbs got the Bronze Medal for the cold table display and Gold Medals for the hot kitchen as part of the English Culinary Team. Head Chef, Matt Carter, won a bronze medal in the Culinary Art class for the Craft Guild of Chefs Team.

Hotel Olympia 2016

Members of the Emmanuel College kitchen brigade took part in the recent Hotelympia competition and again swept the board.

For the Cambridge Culinary Team

  • Matt Carter - Gold in Starter Plates
  • Maciej Kaminski - Silver Best in Class in Vegetarian 4 course menu
  • Josh Dissington - Silver Best in Class Amuse Bouche
  • Damien Aldous - Bronze Perfect Pasta
  • Karen Hankin - Bronze Sugarcraft Display
  • Josh Collins - Bronze Terrine Display
  • Tino Maio - Merit Fish Plates
  • Tony Maio - Merit Two person platter

For English Culinary Team

Team Buffet Gold

  • Dan Abbs and Nathan Aldous - Chocolate Centrepiece, Petit Fours and Dessert plates

Cambridge Culinary Competition Feb 2015

  • Matt Carter: Gold best in class for Finger Foods, silver for Fish and silver for Vegetarian Class
  • Tony Maio: Gold for Duck Class, bronze for Restaurant Starters and Restaurant Mains and bronze for Major Chef of the Year
  • Dan Abbs: Gold best in class for Restaurant Desserts and silver for Coffee Shop Cake
  • Karen Hankin: Bronze for Coffee Shop Cake
  • Michael Slade: Silver for Duck Class
  • Maciej Kaminski: Bronze for Street Food
  • Nathan Aldous and Dan Abbs: Gold best in class for Low Carbon
  • Emmanuel College: Best Hygiene and joint winners of the Stewards Cup (awarded to the best performing team of the competition)

Hospitality Salon Birmingham Jan 2015

  • Dan Abbs: Gold best in Class and best restaurant plate for Dessert
  • Tony Maio and Dan Abbs: Silver and best in class for the mystery box grand prix
  • Florentino Maio: Bronze best in class for Student Main plates
  • Josh Collins: Merit Best in class for Student Starter plates

Salon Culinaire 2014

At the 2014 Salon Culinaire in London the following results were achieved by Emmanuel College Chefs:

Gold best in class

  • Maciej Kaminski – Dessert Plates

Silver best in class

  • Matthew Carter – Three course menu


  • Dan Abbs – Dessert Plates
  • Tony Maio – Master Chefs of Great Britain Fish Course
  • Nathan Aldous – Petit Fours

The 2014 Culinary World Cup

Emmanuel College chef, Nathan Aldous, was chosen for The British Culinary Federation England team which competed at The Culinary World Cup in November 2014. He won a silver medal in the cold buffet section.

TUCO Competitions 2014

The annual TUCO Competitions took place in Blackpool on 17th and 18th March 2014.

In the Chefs’ Challenge Team Event, competitors were given a mystery box of ingredients and challenged to prepare a three course meal for two. 22 teams of two took part and Emmanuel’s Nathan Aldous and teammate Byron Franklin were named winners.

Five of the seven Cambridge team at the TUCO competitions were from Emmanuel and won a host of prizes:

  • Dan Abbs won silver in Class Plated Dessert and gold in Class Coffee Shop Cake.
  • Matthew Carter won gold in Class Plated Main and silver in Class Fruit Pie.
  • Tony Maio won silver for Canapés.