Trafford College welcomed some of the region’s aspiring young chefs as they competed in FutureChef 2017. FutureChef directly relates to the national curriculum and gives young people a life skill. It aims to tackle the severe skills shortage facing hospitality by inspiring 12-16 year olds to develop their cooking skills and understanding of nutrition.
Springboard’s FutureChef features a four stage national competition, annually involving over 8,000 participants. It also includes classroom resources, chef demonstrations and skills challenges, and forms a link between schools and hospitality employers.
Mathew Jackson, 16, from Marple Hall School cooked up a storm to reach Springboard’s FutureChef Regional Final. Mathew served a delicious menu of fillet of cod, served with saffron potatoes, beetroot, fennel, and a beetroot powder and a crème velouté, and finished with a Toblerone Soufflé with Almond Ice-cream.
He said: “I’m so pleased to have won today and I’m looking forward to the Regional Final”.
Head Judge Paul Whitehead from Delaware North said: “It was a hard decision to make as standards were so high today, but Mathew’s dishes were a good menu and balance of flavours and textures.’’
Springboard Regional Manager Joanne Greenall added: “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 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 competition will culminate on 27th March 2017, with the National Final taking place at Westminster Kingsway College in London.