Budding chefs battled it out for a place in the competition final of Springboard Superchef, and the winner was from Doncaster.
Don Valley Academy pupil Josh Lindley wowed the judges with his cooking skills, and will be at London on March 14 to bid for the top title.
The regional final for 12 to 16 years olds took place at Sheffield Hallam University. The winning menu by 14-year old Josh consisted of Salmon en Croute with samphire and hassle back potatoes and Lemon, Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake Trio.
Head Judge David Bittlestone from Compass said: “Josh showed a higher skill level, with speed and ability, and used his time wisely.’’
Springboard’s FutureChef is a nationwide initiative in which young people cook their way through a series of challenges; it also provides insight into the industry. Winner Josh said: “I am over the moon to have won today and have made my school proud.”
Springboard’s Programmes Manager Joanne Greenall said: “The Springboard FutureChef initiative offers the opportunity to win fantastic prizes and gain anything from a valuable life skill to an informed career path into the UK’s hospitality industry.”
Research revealed that young people admire celebrity chefs, yet, surprisingly few consider a career as a chef. The Superchef competition aims in part to address this.
*Another recent Doncaster cooking triumph involved Bentley High Street School cook Amanda Phillips. Amanda just lost out on the regional title but was handed a Highly Commended Main Course award in the School Chef of the Year competition. Her dish was judged to be ‘of a very high professional standard and expertly executed’.