Students from Willingdon, The Eastbourne Academy, Ratton, Bishop Bell, Cavendish and Bede’s schools competed at the 2015 Eastbourne Young Chef finals at Willingdon Community School, on Thursday June 25.
The competition, now in its 20th year, was organised by Eastbourne Education Business
Partnership in conjunction with The Grand Hotel.
The finalists, who each had to design a three-course menu, based on a European theme, had ninety minutes in which to prepare their main dish for judging.
Keith Mitchell, executive chef at The Grand Hotel, who supervised the judging. said, “What a great year for our young chefs. We were treated to freshly made pasta and breads for the first time, and, coincidently, both winning dishes were vegetarian too.
“The standard of entries was extremely high making the job of judges a challenging in itself but also very enjoyable”,
Jason Paterson from Clean Plates representing the Eastbourne Hospitality Association and Mark Fagan, consultant, representing the Institute of Hospitality, whose two organisations had both sponsored the event, assisted Keith with judging.
Tesco Stores had very kindly donated special prizes for the two category winners.
Mentor chefs from Sussex Downs College, The View Hotel, Langham Hotel, Chalk Farm Hotel, The Wingrove and Jason Fassbender had previously supported the schools during their individual school heats.
This added a work-related dimension to the competition and provided additional support for the students and their teachers.
The two winners, Eleora from Cavendish (Years 7/8) and Jupiter Humphrey-Bishop, from Bishop Bell (Years 9/10), both received a special cup, prizes and lunch at the Grand Hotel.
The remaining finalists each received a certificate and prizes ‘in recognition of achievement’.
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