On Monday, November 7th Chef’s Roll flew four finalists to Los Angeles for the last round of our Center Stage competition at one of the premier chef placement agencies in the country, Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions Hospitality Recruitment. Throughout the day Logan Kendall, Joseph Bott, Fatima Ali and Brandon Duley faced a series of tests, including an appetizer challenge, whole fish butchery and entrée challenge, in addition to creating a team dessert.
Our panel of judges, which included Michelin-starred Chef Jason McLeod (CH Projects), Chef Chad Minton (Founder, True Cooks), Brad Metzger (owner BMRS), Sarah Christopher (Senior Director Of Culinary Recruitment at Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions), Chef Alicia Boada (West Coast Representative, Callebaut) and Chef’s Roll co-founder Frans van der Lee, were tasked with determining the winning Stagiaire. The judges were continually impressed by the dedication and professionalism shown by each of the contestants. After withdrawing to deliberate, the stage opportunity was awarded to Fatima Ali for her impeccable execution, focus and skill throughout the day. Her placement will be held at the participating Michelin-starred restaurant of her choice, paid for by Chef’s Roll.
Chef’s Roll would like to extend a big thank you to our sponsors: Minor’s, Texas Beef Council, Fresh Origins, Callebaut Chocolate, US Foods, Arc Cardinal, Lost Car Chef Apparel, Solid Teknics and Chef Spoons in addition to our judges and Brad Metzger and his team for graciously hosting the competition.