Young chefs cook up storm at annual competition

Cleo and Emily with Keith Mitchell SUS-140627-100651001
Cleo and Emily with Keith Mitchell SUS-140627-100651001

Students from Eastbourne Academy, Ratton, Willingdon, Bishop Bell and Bede’s schools competed at the 2014 Eastbourne Young Chef finals at The Eastbourne Academy last week with

The competition, now in its 19th year, is organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership in conjunction with The Grand Hotel.

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

The winners were Cleo Ewen from Ratton for years seven and eight, and Emily Newell from Willingdon for the years nine to 10 category.

Keith Mitchell, executive chef at the Grand Hotel, supervised the judging and said, “The standard and variety of entries gets better every year.

“This makes the job of judging ever more challenging but also very rewarding.

Andy Johnson, representing the Eastbourne Hospitality Association and a representative from the Institute of Hospitality, whose organisations have both sponsored the event, assisted with the judging.

Tesco Stores also donated prizes for the winners.

Mentor chefs from Sussex Downs College, the Langham Hotel, Chalk Farm Hotel and The Wingrove have supported the schools during their individual school heats.

Organisers say the competition adds a work-related dimension to the competition and provides additional support for the students and their teachers.

The two winners both received a special cup, prizes and lunch at the Grand Hotel.

The other remaining finalists each received a certificate and prizes “in recognition of achievement”.