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Jessica Cooks for First Minister

9 October 2019 | Tagged: Senior School

Jessica Mitchell, UK Future Chef champion for 2019 and current Fourth Year pupil, had the opportunity to cook for Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, at Bute House last week.

After her victory in last session's competition, which saw her overcome more than 14,000 initial entrants, Jessica was invited to Edinburgh to prepare a meal for the First Minister at her official residence, with assistance from Chef Liam MacDonough, Executive Chef at Holyrood Parliament. 

Given how much her menu had impressed the FutureChef judges back in March, Jessica decided to once again cook a main course of chicken breast, butternut squash, confit chicken leg with fondant potato, onion and carrot, followed by a dessert of apple and frangipane tart with a vanilla pod parfait and caramelised apple, two courses of food very much enjoyed by the First Minister!

This incredible experience was just one of a number of opportunities afforded to Jessica in a whirlwind of recent events. She was officially commended in a parliamentary Early-Day Motion in The House of Commons, a permanent record of Jessica’s achievement as the 2019 winner of Springboard’s FutureChef competition and was recently recognised as the youngest member of the Scottish Federation of Chefs.

Jessica has had numerous opportunities to work within prestigious professional kitchens around the UK over the last few months and attended the Caterer.com People Awards at the Park Plaza in London last month, preparing a meal for guests along with two other FutureChef alumni and being awarded a £500 development grant to put towards her career progression.

More recently, she took to the stage at the Scottish Tourism Alliance Autumn Conference in Edinburgh, talking to more than 400 delegates about her FutureChef journey and her ambition to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.

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