Young chef judging role for Tom

Aspiring young Jamie Olivers and Nigella Lawsons are to be put through their paces by the MD of an award-winning butchers and pie bakers.

Wakefield based Eric Richmond Ltd’s Tom Martin is joining Afsaneh Kaviani and Matthew Healy on the judging panel for 2017’s Bradford and Leeds Rotary Young Chef Competition which takes place on November 18 at Leeds City College’s Printworks Campus.

Open to 11-17-year-olds in full time education, the competition requires the young chefs to prepare a three- course healthy meal for two, comprising a starter, main dish and dessert, within a £15 budget. It aims to test their organisational, planning and cooking skills as well as their ability to cope in a demanding situation.

Some 36 young people are expected to take part in the competition with the winner going on to compete at district and, potentially national levels.

Tom said he was looking forward to judging the competition and seeing what the young people have to offer. “Good food is very popular both in terms of cooking it and eating it – the amount of cooking and baking programmes on TV and tremendous range of restaurants and eateries on our high streets are testament to that,” he commented.

“I have a passion for food myself and so am honoured to be asked to take part in this competition which aims to encourage and inspire the young foodies of tomorrow.”