Students compete for prestigious Young Chef of the Year title

Young Chef of the Year 2017 - judges and competitors

Talented catering students from Chesterfield College put their cookery skills to the test yesterday when they took part in in a Master Chef style competition designed to find the Young Chef of the Year ahead of the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards, taking place in October. 

The three finalists, Hannah Turner (17), Eben Mellor (18) and Rhoda Malora (19) cooked a main course and dessert for expert judges Jamie Taylor from Nonnas, Adam Warwick from Blu Bistro & Coffee House and Colin McKenna from award catergory sponsor Church of St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield.

Judges were looking for technical and presentation skills as well as the combination of flavours the young chefs created in their dishes.

Young Chef of the Year 2017 - Competitor Eben

Eben Mellor made Roast Chicken with smoked garlic, mushrooms and asparagus with a lemon and passion fruit cheesecake for dessert. He said:

“I chose this dish because I think it gives me the chance to demonstrate lots of different skills that I think the judges will be looking for. Chicken is a personal favourite of mine. It is really versatile meat to work with.”

Young Chef of the Year 2017 - Competitor RhodaRhoda Malova cooked poached salmon with peas and chorizo for her main course and a passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake for dessert.

Hannah Turner cooked rump of lamb with parsley cooked potatoes and lavender. For dessert she made a salted chocolate caramel tart with raspberries and crème fraiche.  After the competition Hannah said:

“I picked the dishes I cooked today after searching on the internet for recipes. The ingredients I used are some of my favourites. I really enjoyed the competition. I think it went really well, better than my practices in fact. We’ll have to wait and see what the judges thought though!”

Young Chef of the year 2017 - Hannah

At the end of the competition judges gave some feedback to the finalists saying that they had all enjoyed the food they were presented with and would be proud to pay for any of the dishes they had tasted if they were customers in a restaurant. They gave the students words of encouragement for developing their skills to work in the catering industry as well as a few tips and hints to make the most of the flavours in the food they prepare.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards in October.

Click here for more information about the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 

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