Teenager Shaun takes national chef’s title

Competition winner: Shaun Longmire with Gary Rhodes
Competition winner: Shaun Longmire with Gary Rhodes
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Famous chef Gary Rhodes has just handed a Sheffield teenager a huge accolade on a plate.

He crowned Shaun Longmire, aged 16, National Junior Chef of the year.

Sheffield City College NVQ Level 1 student Shaun said: “It was one of the best experiences of my life. Gary said he liked the way that I added extra details and used seasonal vegetables.”

Shaun had three hours to cook cannon of lamb in a bread crust, seasonal vegetables, white chocolate panna cotta with rhubarb compote and gingerbread meringues.

It nearly went wrong for the Tapton School lad – the power failed on some of his equipment and he had to resort to hand-whisking the pudding.

It’s the fourth time a college student has won the contest, which took place at the Kent college where Rhodes trained.

Shaun won £300, chef’s whites and knives, plus £250 for the college.