Cooking success in Young Chef of Year competition

Young chef winners Eastbourne
Young chef winners Eastbourne

Students from Ratton, Willingdon, Causeway and Bede’s schools competed at the finals of Eastbourne Young Chef at Ratton School last week.

The winners at the end of the contest were Willingdon Community School pupil Thomas Poole in the Year 7 and 8 category and Georgina Callaghan in the Year 9 and 10 section.

The young chefs were asked to create a menu on the theme of summer holidays.

The competition, now in its 18th year, was organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership in conjunction with The Grand Hotel.

The finalists, who each designed a three-course menu based on the summer holiday theme, had 90 minutes in which to prepare their main dish for judging.

Keith Mitchell, the executive chef at the Grand Hotel supervised the judging and praised the entrants.

“The standard and variety of entries this year was incredibly high which was a real credit to the finalists and their teachers,” he saud.

“This made the job of judging a real challenge but very enjoyable.”

Andy Johnson, represented the Eastbourne Hospitality Association and Mark Fagan represented the Institute of Hospitality, whose two organisations had sponsored the event, also assisted Keith with judging.

Mentor chefs had previously supported the schools during their individual school heats.

This provided a work-related dimension to the competition and additional support for the students and their teachers. The two winners both received a special cup, prizes and lunch at the Grand Hotel. The remaining finalists each received a certificate and prizes.