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Posted on: 12/01/2015

Future Chef

On 9th January, 4 talented hopefuls, aged between 12 and 16, took up the challenge showcase their fantastic cooking skills and battled it out to win their Local Final at Trafford College, gaining a place in the Regional Final and getting one step closer to the National Final on the 23rd March 2015.
15 year old Kate Ayling from Loreto Grammar School reigned supreme, impressing the judges, with her winning menu of Chicken wrapped in Prosciutto with a tarragon sauce, Boulangère Potatoes and Vegetable Parcels and Hot Chocolate and Orange Soufflé.
Head Judge Andrew Green from Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport said “Kate’s winning dish was the most complex, the chicken was cooked to perfection with a high level of skill and flair’’.
Springboard’s FutureChef is a nationwide culinary initiative which helps young people aged 12-16 cook their way through a series of challenges, providing invaluable lessons and insight into the culinary industry.
Winner Kate said “I am so surprised to have won, I have really enjoyed the experience” and her mentor also commented “Kate is really excited to have a place in the Regional Final”.
Springboard’s Programmes Manager Joanne Greenall said “The Springboard FutureChef initiative is the biggest and most successful national school cooking programme. It inspires students to learn to cook, introduces them and their schools to well respected industry chefs, offers the opportunity to win fantastic prizes and gain anything from a valuable life skill to an informed career path into the UK’s leisure and hospitality industry.”
Springboard’s FutureChef, now in its 15th year, was developed as the result of research findings into young people’s perception of the industry. The research revealed that young people admire higher profile and celebrity chefs, yet, surprisingly few generally consider a career as a chef! To address this, Springboard’s FutureChef local finals are judged by industry chefs with the winner paired up with a local industry chef mentor, to work on their dishes for the Regional Final. A range of employers are involved in the initiative and dedicated to inspiring young talent into the industry.
The 2015 initiative will culminate on the 23rd March 2015, with the National Final taking place at Westminster Kingsway College in London.
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