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Passmores Academy Futurechef finalists in competition first

Education: Secondary / Mon 18th Dec 2017 at 09:19am

Futurechef finalists in competition first

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PASSMORES Academy hosted the local finals of national cooking competition, Futurechef last Thursday (14th December), which concluded for the first time with the winner and runner up both being from the same school.

Representing Passmores Academy were students Ross Blackshaw and Dylan Willett, who along with nine other young hopefuls from five local secondary schools, undertook the challenge to prepare a two-course meal with a budget of £7. The results were judged independently by two professional chefs using a specified judging criteria, and it was Passmores who impressed the judges the most – Ross was the overall winner and Dylan was runner up.

Both boys pulled out all the stops, producing sophisticated menus. They have now won the opportunity to be coached by professional chefs, before competing in the Regional Finals in February, and potentially the National Finals later on.

When asked how he felt during the competition, Ross reported that he was ‘chilled’ as he had practised and improved his recipe ready for the big day. Dylan said that he had also prepared well and felt ‘quite confident’, adding, ‘at first I was a bit nervous but then it was more that I was excited’. Both boys are considering using their culinary talents for a career later in life as professional chefs.

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