Bromley College student Sophie Holman (15) cooked her way through to the National Final of Springboard’s FutureChef 2016 competition today
Eight students from Colleges and schools around the region took part – demonstrating their cooking, budgeting and time management skills.
The high-profile judging panel consisted of Alan Pickett, head chef at Piquet Restaurant, Steve Land, Executive Chef for Sky and Chris Ribaudo from Baxter Storey.
Chris Ribaudo was particularly impressed and said: ‘’What a great level of cooking today at Bromley College. The bar has definitely been raised and well done to all those fine budding chefs. The passion definitely showed and their techniques were outstanding. The determination & enthusiasm clearly shone through today.’’
Steve Land also commented: “I couldn’t believe the level of cooking I saw today, especially when these are 12-16year olds! I was just cooking toast at that age – filleting fish, de-boning chicken and the perfect julienne of vegetables, a cracking take on a fish pie to one of the best panna cotta’s I’ve had in a while. They all seem to take it in their stride, with some even managing to wash-up along the way. Hats off to the winner, a calm, organised and balanced menu. A unanimous choice from all three of us judging”
As indicated, the judges were hugely impressed with the standard of all the competitors, but Sophie Holman was chosen to go forward to the National Final of the competition, taking place later this year. Gary Farrelly, Head of Bromley’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College, which hosted today’s event said: “We are so proud of our student Sophie, who is now going forward to the National final of Springboard’s FutureChef 2016. She has worked really hard to get here and we will be supporting her to take her skills to the next level.
“We are also delighted to host the regional final of FutureChef 2016. It is a great opportunity to showcase the amazing facilities we have here at our Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College. The standard of cooking we have seen today has been extremely high and I hope it has inspired our other students, who have all done an excellent job helping to host the event.”
Springboard’s FutureChef, is a nationwide culinary initiative which is delivered in over 550 schools nationwide. The main goal of the FutureChef is to assist young people aged 12-16 to learn the vital life skills of cooking and understanding nutrition as well as providing invaluable insight into and inspiration for building a career within the hospitality industry.
Springboard Regional Manager Ele Porritt said “Springboard’s FutureChef was developed as a result of research into young people’s ideas about the hospitality industry. Research revealed that young people really admire high-profile and celebrity chefs yet surprisingly few genuinely consider a career as a chef! Springboard’s FutureChef provides teachers and young people with a wonderful insight into the wealth of career opportunities that the hospitality sector has to offer.”
The 2016 competition will culminate on the 14 March 2015, with the National Final taking place at Westminster Kingsway College in London.
For more information about the opportunities and courses available at Bromley College’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College see: www.bromley.ac.uk
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