A Lake District chef has received an award at the Golden Anniversary of a prestigious restauranteur in Paris.

Michelin star chef and co-owner of The Old Stamp House in Ambleside, Ryan Blackburn, received the innovation award at the event, which celebrated the International Restaurant Association JRE-Jeunes Restaurateurs to recognise its 50th birthday.

Members of the press, JRE’s international partners and delegates from vital gastronomy organisations, in addition to 400 JRE chefs and sommeliers from over 390 restaurants, 160 hotels and 16 countries across the globe who hold over 180 Michelin stars between them gathered at the two-day event on Sunday 7 and Monday, April 8.


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During the festivities guests enjoyed a 'Ten Hands' gala dinner at the Grand Hotel Paris prepared by five JRE chefs.

The following day, the Carreau du Temple was the setting for the Chef 2 Chef Summit, comprising a programme of masterclasses, discussions and product showcases involving esteemed culinary professionals.

Daniel Lehmann, president of JRE-Jeunes Restaurateurs and chef at restaurant Moosegg in Emmenmatt, Switzerland, unveiled the winners of the JRE 2024 Awards on Monday, April 8.

There were winners crowned across six categories: Talent of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Sommelier of the Year, Sustainability Award, Innovation Award and Taste of Origin Award.

Mr Blackburn secured his award having impressed against a line-up of 10 fellow chefs.

He said: "I’m over the moon that The Old Stamp House has been recognised by JRE in what is their 50th anniversary year with the Innovation Award for 2024.

"The whole team aims to ensure that they deliver a truly memorable experience for every single guest who comes through the door and this award is testament to that hard work and professionalism.

"This year’s JRE Congress was without doubt much more than just an event; it was a total celebration of the unifying power of food and drink, honouring both innovation and tradition and it was a huge honour to participate in such a momentous occasion.’’