Orcinus Young Chef Competition 2015 - Winner Announced

Orcinus Young Chef Competition 2015 - Winner Announced

by Sarah King

The eagerly awaited Orcinus Young Chef 2015 Final took place on the 4th June, where Emily Evans (Kings School), Emma Johnstone and Claudia Herbert (Henry Beaufort School) went head to head in the "Show Stopper" Final Round, which was judged by founder Sarah King and our surprise Guest Chef Andy MacKenzie from Lainston House/Exclusive Chef's Academy.

The three pupils from the schools across Winchester were tasked with creating a dish of their choice in order to blow the judges socks off. The level of cooking was astonishing and all three girls delivered an outstanding performance. But only one could be crowned Orcinus Young Chef 2015......

Emily Evans stepped up to the plate with a Trio of an Apple Tarte Tatin, Apple Mousse, Apple & Elderflower Cheesecake as well as Apple & Elderflower Jelly.

While Emma shone with her fabulous Chocolate Fondant, garnished with a Caramel Star, Raspberry Coulis and fresh Raspberries.

But it was the trio of a trio delivered by Claudia Herbert that stole the show.

Winner: Claudia created a three tier, afternoon tea stand with three delicious and unique cakes, with three different flavours.

The Final Round was followed by an awards Ceremony where all the contestants were invited and presented with a certificate and medal for their valiant participation.  The competition was rich with talent and abilities and there were additional prizes awarded for:

Best Presentation: James Jenkins of Kings School

Best Technique: Kieron Tillwarch of Henry Beaufort

Most Innovative: Tommy Harris of Henry Beaufort

Sarah had to say after the awards Ceremony:

"This year I have been absolutely blown away with the level of talent, their creativity and ability to develop dishes from scratch in just 90 minutes, whilst keeping their cool!

There has been some fierce competition and we have been amazed by the ability of all the students who have competed.  It has made our decisions on the awards very difficult.

This competition has been a fantastic opportunity to educate school leavers on the advantages of entering the catering industry and to show them that ‘fresh is best’, as well as allowing them to be creative with food. The mystery box was my favourite round, with none of the competitors having worked with or liking fish! – I hope that this will allow them to be a little more adventurous with different types of produce and recipes.

Hosting the awards has been a really positive experience, as well as lots of fun, I can clearly see, if we can continue to encourage the industry at a school leaver’s age, hospitality will continue to develop and has an exciting future with so much talent on offer."

View all the Competition Galleries Here!