Acorn Award for Simpsons Head Chef

Leo Kattou wins prestigious national award

Leo Kattou, head chef at Michelin-starred Simpsons restaurant on the Calthorpe Estate, has won a prestigious national award to add to his list of accolades, which include him getting the finals stages of Master Chef The Professionals.

He has recently won The Caterer’s Acorn Awards, which recognises 30 of the industry’s most talented stars under 30. He was nominated by his peers for his outstanding ability, success, innovation and dedication.

Luke Tipping, Chef Director and mentor to Leo is delighted to have seen his hard work and talent widely recognised. Leo is rapidly following in Luke’s footsteps, who in 1994 received his first Michelin star, then in 1999, he was awarded the first ever Midlands Chef of the Year Award. He received a Professorship of Culinary Arts by University College Birmingham in October 2010, in recognition of his efforts in promoting the next generation of kitchen stars.