From Disaster Chef to Winning Chef

Posted by er134 at Nov 15, 2016 11:32 AM |
One of Britain’s most disastrous cooks, Bassam Al Yaseen from Leicester, has been crowned the winner of Kenwood Disaster Chef 2016

Issued by Kenwood Press Office

This weekend, Bassam Al Yaseen from Leicester was crowned Kenwood Chef 2016 at the Disaster Chef competition live final after transforming his kitchen disasters into culinary successes.

Now in its fifth year, the competition saw three self-proclaimed ‘Disaster Chefs’ go head to head in a live final cooking challenge in front of Raymond Blanc, OBE. The finalists had been selected from hundreds of hopeless cooks who entered the national competition. A panel of three judges including; Michelin Star Chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Kenwood Development Chef, Martin Johns and Kenwood Marketing Director, Alex Pickering, watched on as the finalists were challenged to create two final recipes at London cookery school AVEQIA.

Bassam has been crowned the winner and has relinquished his former title as one of Britain’s worst cooks. The judges were impressed with the quality and presentation of the two final dishes along with the results from the culinary journey he had undertaken over the past five weeks. His menu at the final consisted of a Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé and Spaghetti Served in Spicy Tomato Sauce.

On hearing he was announced the winner of Disaster Chef 2016, Bassam said, “I’m completely over the moon to have won the competition, especially having met some of the other contestants today and seeing the competition I’ve been up against the last five weeks. Winning the competition would not have been possible without the fantastic Kenwood Chef Titanium and without the inspiration from my family, who helped me challenge myself and perform better at each stage of the competition. Thank you Kenwood for helping me reach a stage where I can now proudly cook, and to be able to say that I have cooked a soufflé for Raymond Blanc himself!”

All of the finalists impressed the judges with their progress since the start of the competition.  Raymond Blanc OBE, Michelin-Star Chef, Author and Television Personality, comments: “Gastronomy is all about creating new tastes, learning new skills and experimenting. It’s exactly what we’ve been doing with the Kenwood Disaster Chef Competition - helping less confident cooks connect with food and encouraging them to get creative in the kitchen. It has been wonderful to see the contestants learn and grow throughout the process.”

Kenwood’s Marketing Director and co-judge, Alex Pickering said of the competition, “Congratulations to all the finalists. It’s been great to watch the contestants’ confidence grow throughout the competition, the quality of the dishes improved and the number of kitchen disasters reduced each week.  At Kenwood, we understand the satisfaction and enjoyment that can come from home cooking and we want to equip beginners with the tools they need to enable them to do this, building their skills and helping them feed their creativity in the kitchen.”

On top of his new found confidence, Bassam also walks away with a two night Escape to Oxford experience at Raymond’s two Michelin Star Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. This includes two nights’ accommodation for two people, seven course tasting menu on the first evening, an à la carte dinner on the second evening, and full English breakfasts. In addition to this, he will also win a signed copy of Raymond’s latest book ‘Kew on a Plate’ and £500 worth of Kenwood products.

But the other contestants need not be disappointed. In addition to their newfound culinary skills, all contestants received their very own Kenwood Chef Titanium worth £599.99 to use throughout the competition and to keep after. This is the ultimate kitchen machine for passionate novices and seasoned chefs alike to maximise creativity in the kitchen and comes with over 20 attachments.

To see Bassam’s journey from Disaster Chef to Kenwood Chef 2016, visit and Kenwood’s Facebook page @KenwoodWorld to read his blogs, as well as those of the other ten contestants.

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  1. £500 worth of Kenwood products
  2. Escape to Oxford package at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
    1. Two nights’ accommodation for two people
    2. A signed copy of book Kew on a Plate by Raymond Blanc
    3. A seven course tasting menu for two people with wine flights
    4. An à la carte menu for two people with bottle of wine
    5. Two full English breakfasts for two people
    6. Tour of the kitchens

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