De Vere Oxford Thames Chefs Win UK Qualifier of Global Competition

June 15, 2017

Two Oxford-based Chefs have won the UK qualifiers of a global culinary competition, the IACC Copper Skillet competition.

Claudio Costea and Cristian Paul Fratieanu from De Vere Oxford Thames hotel, part of the De Vere portfolio of country estate hotels and modern, market-leading event spaces, won the Senior and Junior UK Chapter Cook-Off categories respectively, qualifying for the European stage of the competition in London this September at the IACC Europe Knowledge Festival.  The winners of which will head to America for the Global Copper Skillet Final at the IACC-Americas Connect event in Philadelphia next April. 

The competition, organised by IACC, is designed to highlight the artistry and skills of IACC-member conference venue chefs from around the world. IACC’s CEO, Mark Cooper commented: “To have Cristian and Claudio both win their first Copper Skillet competition is a real achievement in itself. This is an important showcase for the standard of conference and meeting culinary expertise found at IACC certified venues and proves De Vere Oxford Thames is a top achiever”.

Commenting on the wins, Jonathan Oldroyd, General Manager of Oxford Thames, said: “We’re absolutely delighted for Cristian and Claudio and their wins are very well deserved. They are both exceptional chefs and we’re incredibly proud of their work here at De Vere Oxford Thames. We wish them the best of luck for the European finals in September.”

Close to the heart of Oxford, on the banks of the River Thames, De Vere Oxford Thames combines medieval character with 21st-century style to create a unique setting for memorable meetings, conferences, and weddings.

The hotel’s renowned River Room Restaurant has an AA rosette and offers a menu of British classics, curated by BBC Masterchef: The Professionals’ alumni, Executive Chef Claudio Costea.  

Just three miles from Oxford city centre and easily accessible by the M40, M4 and A34; De Vere Oxford Thames enjoys a riverside setting and 30 acres of manicured grounds and is a wonderful base for exploring Oxford.

Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 100MB is available throughout the hotel and up to 100m within the grounds.