Champagne Ayala SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year 2019
Mentzendorff is very proud to announce that Skye Gyngell is the winner of the 2019 AYALA SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year award. Renowned for being one of the most forward-looking chefs in the country Gyngell was presented with her award at a Champagne reception at The Goring in Belgravia for the shortlisted chefs, which coincided with the UK launch of the AYALA Le Blanc de Blancs 2013.
The award was launched last year to celebrate the huge contribution female chefs are making to the UK restaurant industry. Commenting on Gyngell’s win, SquareMeal editor Ben McCormack said: “Skye Gyngell is no stranger to London diners, having won a Michelin star at Petersham Nurseries Café and then making a solo success out of Spring for the past five years. Recently, however, she has proved that she is much more than a chef by leading the way on environmental issues such as eliminating single-use plastics, reducing food waste and committing to sustainable farming methods.”
Commenting on her win, Gyngell said: “I am so honoured and thrilled to receive this award. There are so many wonderful creative and talented women working in our industry and it’s just so wonderful to be even included among them, thank you!”
Gyngell has championed sustainability since she pioneered the use of local and seasonal ingredients when Petersham Nurseries Café opened in 2004. Spring stopped using plastic straws in 2017 before then eliminating single-use plastics altogether. The restaurant’s early-evening Scratch menu serves up three courses of food that would otherwise go to waste for £20. Heckfield Place, the luxury Hampshire hotel that opened in 2018 where Gyngell is culinary director, will soon have the largest biodynamic farm in England as well as orchards and woodland.