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Top Young Chefs

26 April 2019 | Tagged: Senior School

Amy Ashton of Second Year and Jessica Mitchell of Third Year have been judged the country's top young chefs in recent competition. Tomorrow, Amy heads to Leeds for the UK finals of the Rotary Young Chef of the Year 2019, having reached this stage by winning the Scotland and North England young chef regional title last month.

She hopes her three course meal - to be totally prepared and cooked in two hours - will wow tomorrow's judges. Amy plans a starter of asparagus soup with home made oatcakes, a main of chicken wrapped in prosciutto, filled with home made pesto served with a red pepper and tomato sauce, and a dessert of chocolate fondant served with raspberry gel.

Amy said, "It will be nerve-wracking getting all the courses ready on time, especially making sure the wrapped chicken and chocolate fondant are cooked just right."

Earlier this month, Jessica Mitchell was crowned the 2019 Springboard UK Future Chef, seeing off over 14,000 other pupils from across the country in the annual competition that encourages 12-16 years olds to take up catering.

The judges said Jessica “stood out from the crowd” with her winning two course meal - chicken breast with butternut squash, confit chicken leg and fondant potatoes followed by a dessert of apple and frangipane tart with a vanilla pod parfait and carmelised apple - prepared and cooked in two hours.

"I just love cooking”, said Jessica, "I want to be a chef and have a dream of setting up my own restaurant in the future.

Karen Moore, head of Heath and Food Technology added “Amy and Jessica are amazing young chefs. It is a big achievement to win national awards against other pupils who are often two or three years older.”

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