Niall Keating named Michelin Young Chef 2018

“My first taste of working as part of a busy kitchen staff was when I worked pot washing at The Fitzherbert Arms, in Swynnerton, at the age of 15. It was fast-paced and the whole thing intrigued me and when I was still at school I stopped pot-washing and began cooking. I loved it.”

Keating, who earned the restaurant at Whatley Manor a Michelin star in October 2017, saw off competition from around Europe to be crowned the winner. Keating's distinctive cooking style combines different culinary influences from Asia and Europe.

General manager at Whatley Manor Sue Williams said: "I feel immensely proud to be working alongside Niall and supporting him on his culinary journey. There was never a moment's doubt in my mind that he is a top talent, oozing with original ideas. His focus is unwavering, and his comprehension of the sector in which he operates is impressive for his age. Knowing Niall as I do, he will accept this wonderful recognition with humility and will share the success with his team."

Christian Landholt, owner of Whatley Manor said: "I am so excited for Niall to have won this award! Despite having been at Whatley Manor for only 14 months, I have quickly grown to admire not only his incredible talent and creativity as a chef, but also his work ethic and respect towards his colleagues. It is wonderful to have Niall as part of the team at Whatley. I now look forward to continue supporting him in his career and helping him achieve his further goals and ambitions."

The award was announced at the European Michelin Guide Star Day. The event brought together many Michelin-starred chefs at the event in Budapest including Guy Savoy, Georges Blanc, Elena Arzak, Pascal Barbot, Raymond Blanc, and Quique Dacosta.