Young chefs cook up a storm

Now in its fourth year the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards are well underway. The next stage of the Young Chef of the Year Award took place on Tuesday, at Northampton College's Daventry campus.''Pictured: Viktorija Bernataviciute, Mike Coppock & Lee Gaskins.
Now in its fourth year the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards are well underway. The next stage of the Young Chef of the Year Award took place on Tuesday, at Northampton College's Daventry campus.''Pictured: Viktorija Bernataviciute, Mike Coppock & Lee Gaskins.

THE prestigious title of Young Chef of the Year was hotly contested at Northampton College, Daventry, as part of this year’s Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

The three finalists, William Mountain of The Saracen’s Head, Little Brington, Viktorija Bernataviciute of The Wig and Pen, Northampton and Ollie Jaycock of The Red Lion, Culworth, all aged between 18-25 went head to head for the title.

The competition, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) and now in its fourth year, celebrates local produce and drink and those who work hard within the culinary sector.

Young Chef of the Year was one of three titles in this year’s awards along with Spice Chef of the Year and Booker Chef of the Year both hosted at Nothampton College.

The young competitors were provided with a basket of standard kitchen ingredients by sponsors Booker and locally-sourced produce to make their meal.

They were put to the test serving up dishes for judges Peter Saunders, Charles Banks, Lee Gaskins and Dan Keatings.

“When you’re trying to get to the top of the tree it’s all about commitment and dedication,” Dan Keating said of the competition.

The finalists now have until November 14 to discover their fate when the winners and runners-up will be announced at the Awards Dinner taking place at The Wing Silverstone. Tickets priced at £80.00 (plus VAT) are available by calling Rachel Mallows on 01933 664437 or emailing rachel@rachelmallows.com