We believe it is very important to encourage and develop creativity in young people and that includes creativity in the kitchen.
Cooking amongst young people is a growing interest and a valuable life skill. Schools seem to agree and the RIBI Young Chef competition, in association with leading olive oil company Filippo Berio, goes from strength to strength each year producing some superb quality cooking from young people aged 11 to 17.
Thousands of youngsters from all over Great Britain and Ireland entered the 2013 competition and were shortlisted down to eight after competing in local and regional competitions. The contestants prepared and presented their three course meals for judging by an expert panel which included Christopher Baston, National Chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs, David Kelman, Executive Chef at the Ellenborough Park Hotel, Stuart McLeod, Director of Zuidam UK Ltd, and Isabelle Chavez, winner of the 2012 competition.
In 2013, 14 year old Jordon Powell, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Horsham won the competition went on a trip to Tuscany, courtesy of generous sponsors Filippo Berio. Jordon also received a cash prize and was treated to a cookery experience at a top hotel. His three course menu excited the judges with a rich blend of flavours and excellent use of ingredients.
In second place was 15 year old Katie Toms, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Crediton, third place went to 15 year old Christopher Wright, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds, the judge’s special award for merit was presented to 14 year old Helen Jerram, sponsored by the Rotary club of Ashby Hastings & Ashby de la Zouch.
This year eight top young chefs will do their best to become this year’s RIBI Young Chef 2014, in association with Filippo Berio Olive Oil.
From thousands of entries, the finalists have been selected after succeeded in local and regional contests.
The heat will be on in the kitchens of Dundee College.