A bright, crisp morning heralded the start of this year’s Shooting Chefs on Tuesday 12th September. Chefs, press and friends alike all gathered at Boisdale of Belgravia for an early breakfast of bacon rolls, rich coffee and thick pastries before boarding the open air bus which took them to the West London Shooting School. As the teams were allocated and the group disbanded, the Boisdale team laid out fantastic goody bags provided by the event’s sponsors – Aspall’s Cyder, Balvenie Whisky and Leica Camera – ready for collection at the end of the morning.
After that, it wasn’t long until the crack of gun shots filled the air and splintered clay shells were tumbling to the ground. There was a variety of experience as everyone tried their luck on the range but with great weather and excellent company the competition was taken to by all with zeal and good humoured determination. The six teams competed in a range of simulated drives which culminated in a fantastic 5 gun flurry and a return journey to Boisdale.
Oysters, langoustine and crab were just some of the delicious starters presented after the guests took their seats and the main course consisted of Boisdale’s notorious roast Grouse and delicious crispy potatoes. The jazz band had to compete with the sound of merry laughter and conversation as the meal progressed but luckily everyone eagerly fell silent as Boisdale’s Harry Owen took to the stage to welcome and thank everyone.
Nick Weston, Claude Bosi, Steve Drake, Lee Maycock and Calum Franklin all took home prizes for their shooting prowess, but there were no sore losers as Pascal Aussignac, returning for a second year, was awarded the ‘Most Appalling Shot’ and received a bottle of Balvenie 25 year old single barrel. Although Claude Bosi put up a phenomenal fight, achieving 10/10 in some of the rounds, he was thwarted by one missed clay and came second for the second time running!
After the prizes were awarded, the last sip of coffee and the final crumb of macaroon had disappeared, everyone retired to Boisdale’s cigar terrace for further entertainment. A wonderful event which introduced and welcomed back many equally wonderful people. We look forward to next year’s Balvenie Shooting Cup with great anticipation! Thank you Boisdale!