Young Chef of the Year

23 February 2018

This week West London College hosted the Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s ‘Young Chef of the Year’ competition for the tenth year in a row. The tenth anniversary of the competition was the biggest yet, with 16 students, aged between 14-16 years, from 10 different schools in the borough competing for the top prize. The students had one hour to prepare two courses from fresh ingredients on a budget of eight pounds.

TASTE Restaurant welcomed a range of distinguished guests that included Councillor Michael Cartwright – Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham and Kevin McGrath – Deputy Lieutenant of Hammersmith & Fulham.

The judging panel included professional chefs from the Dorset Hotel, Jamie’s Cooking School, the River Café, Chelsea FC, QPR FC and Wembley Stadium, who were blown away by the level of talent in the competition.

Gerrard Madden, Executive Sous Chef at Wembley Stadium said:

“It’s an honour to come back to West London College and be part of the Young Chef of the Year competition again. My family is local to this area and I can't say enough good things about the College. When I walked in today you could see the passion and joy on the students faces which was so inspiring to see.”

Chris Garrett, executive chef at Chelsea FC said:

“I loved being here and the standard of the competitors blew me away. The students who took part are lucky to have this College on their doorstep and access to the amazing facilities”

West London College Level 1 Professional Cookery students managed the event’s hospitality and served over 100 guests food and drink.

Once again, Latifah Atkinson from Bake that Cake delivered a show-stopping cake and cupcakes to mark the tenth anniversary of the competition.

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The winner of the Young Chef of the Year 2018 was Godolphin and Latymer School student Ines Elliot Taylor, with her Japanese Fish and Chips main course and Deconstructed Yuzu Truffle dessert. As well as her winner’s trophy, Ines received a Westfield gift card, a £25 voucher to use at Jamie’s Cooking School, a River Café cookbook and a goody bag which included a Waitrose Easter egg.

Ines said:

“It was so much fun and it was really nice because it didn’t really feel too stressful. It was a great experience to cook in the professional kitchens at West London College, and I don’t know how I’m going to go back to cooking in my kitchen at home!”

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Michael Cartwright, Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham said:

“I want to thank West London College and say we are really pleased with the way the College has grown in recent years and now we see more and more that it has become a place in Hammersmith & Fulham that the community want to be part of and can be proud of.”

Garry Phillips, CEO of West London College said:

“The Young Chef of the Year competition is a fantastic event and we’re delighted to be working with Hammersmith & Fulham Council to host the competition for the tenth year in a row. The competition helps bring together the community and leads to greater social cohesion, and we’re proud to support the young talent of local schools.”

Schools that took part in this year’s competition included Cambridge School, Godolphin & Latymer, Phoenix High School, Queensmill SB, Queensmill Fulham Cross, Queensmill Fulham Boys, Woodlane High School, Fulham FC, Fulham Cross Girls School and The Moat School.

Denise Charles, Head of Service Industries at West London College said:

“It’s always a pleasure to host the Young Chef of the Year Competition and see the next generation of talented young chefs!”

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Students who also received an Outstanding Award were:
Hanna Marwood from Godolphin & Latymer
Kai Salcedo from Phoenix High School
Richard Adu-Boahen from Queensmill SB
Sydneyrose Jordan-Dilkes from Fulham Cross Girls School
Lola Robertson-Zapata from Queensmill Fulham Cross

Stephanie Needham, Commercial Services Manager at Hammersmith & Fulham Council said:

“West London College has always supported us over the years, and the competition wouldn’t run as smoothly without the support and input from the staff and students. I hope the students have enjoyed the unique experience of cooking in the College’s professional kitchens!”


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