Former student shortlisted for People’s Choice Award


Up-and-coming local masterchef Kurtus Auty could soon have another accolade under his belt at the coveted City & Guilds Lion Awards next month, but he needs your votes!

Following his Medal for Excellence win, former Selby College student Kurtus has now been entered for the 2017 People’s Choice Award – the only category based entirely on votes from friends, family and colleagues. He will go head-to-head with over 85 national and international medal winners for the top prize, which will be announced at a special City & Guilds Lion Awards ceremony at The Roof Gardens in Kensington on the 15th June 2017.

The former Brayton High School student developed his passion for food whilst studying full-time for a Level 1 and Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery at the top-performing college alongside working part-time as a Commis Chef at The Fat Abbot in Escrick.

In recent years, ambitious Kurtus has collected a string of awards, including finalist in Young Seafood Chef of the Year and the titles of Yorkshire’s Best Young Chef at the Golden Apron and York Food & Drink Junior Chef. As part of the Golden Apron winner’s prize, Kurtus was offered a work placement at Hull food production company Cranswick plc and the young chef even got to work alongside Pipe and Glass’ Michelin-starred chef James Mackenzie to create an award-winning range of ‘roasts with a twist’, which are available in ASDA stores.

The nineteen-year-old is now based in London where he fought off fierce competition to secure a position at Gordon Ramsay’s Mayfair restaurant Maze. Working as a Demi Chef de Partie, Kurtus prepares starters for service at the restaurant that describes itself as a unique dining experience serving ‘modern European cuisine with an Asian flourish’.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award opens on Tuesday 16th May 2017, and will continue until Friday 9th June. The link to vote can be found at and will also be available at, and Staff and students at Selby College wish Kurtus every success with this competition. Get voting everyone!

Published: Monday 15 May 2017