Sweet success for school chefs

Young aspiring chefs from schools across West Yorkshire enjoyed the sweet taste of success in a cooking competition at Kirklees College.

The annual Young Chef of the Year Competition took place in the training kitchens and Landings 72 restaurant at the college’s Huddersfield Centre.

The competition was open to school pupils aged 14-16 from throughout West Yorkshire.

Yesterday (Tuesday), the six finalists took part in a technical challenge where they all made profiteroles with Chantilly cream and chocolate sauce, and then battled to create a show-stopping dessert in under two hours.

The winner was Lenah Ahmed, second place was Lyndsey Hepworth (winner of the technical challenge) and third was Samantha Kershaw.

Judges were Anthony Hegney – founder and director of Asparagus Green and Sally Russum – director of Russums catering supplies, Kirklees College Principal Marie Gilluley and L3 Advanced Professional Cookery student Manveer Bhullar  – a former finalist of the competition herself.

Sally Russum said: “It’s a great competition. The young chefs were of such a high standard and showed impressive levels of professionalism and creativity in their desserts. It is a pleasure to support both the young people, and the college.”

For more information on hospitality and catering courses at Kirklees College visit www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk, emailinfo@kirkleescollege.ac.uk or call 01484 437070.