André joined the judging panel in 2017 and brings his talent and wide experience with classic cuisine to the judging panel. His career has seen him work in some of Britain’s top restaurants under the likes of Nico Ladenis, Bruno Loubet and Chris Galvin, before taking the role of Executive Head chef at Cliveden House in Berkshire and, since 2019, Executive Chef of the full food and beverage at the 5 star luxury, Corinthia Hotel in London.

After winning the Roux Scholarship in 2002, André went on to be awarded a Master of Culinary of Arts in 2005 and competed in the Bocuse d’Or in 2007, placing tenth, which means he is no stranger to competitions. Having had inspirational mentors in his own career, he has in turn nurtured other chefs’ talent in his kitchen. In 2006, Armand Sablon won the Roux Scholarship while working André’s brigade at Galvin at Windows; it was the second time a chef from an existing scholar’s brigade won the competition. When André left Cliveden, his head chef – and fellow Roux Scholar – Paul O’Neill took the role of executive chef. André is also a firm believer in youth and coaching and works closely with colleges on apprenticeships and training in London and his hometown of Bath.

André is on the board of the Academy of Culinary Arts, for their annual awards of excellence and, in 2009, he achieved the Level 5 Management and Leadership Diploma.