The Robert Linsley Trophy
The Robert Linsley Trophy is a competition open to all chefs who work in London Gentlemen’s Clubs.
Robert Linsley was among one of the first intake at Westminster Hotel School around 1947. He then trained and became a hotel manager in various 5 Star hotels in the West End including The Ritz.
He then went on to become secretary of The Overseas League, a position he held for 20 years. After that he moved to the Carlton Club where he was secretary for 21 years before his untimely death in 1996.
He was a great supporter of chefs during his time as secretary at The Overseas League and The Carlton Club and he will be remembered as a bon viveur.
When the idea to hold a cookery competition for club chefs was mooted, it felt apt to name the trophy after Robert. The Carlton club provided the funds to purchase the trophy.
The competition is held bi-annually, and was originally held at Hotelympia. It is now held at Westminster Kingsway College.
The Trophy Winners
2000 Simon Camp Turf Club
2002 Neil Cairns Commonwealth Club
2004 Mark Leach East India Club
2006 Joseph Woodhead Garrick Club
2009 Clive Jenner Garrick Club
2010 Richard Jennings Commonwealth Club
2012 Michael Garcia The Caledonian Club
2016 Carl Hoog The Garrick Club
2012 winner Michael Garcia with Chairman Clive Howe.