Young chef savours heat of top contest
2:00pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in Latest News
LAVINGTON School pupil Ellie Kamei showed off her culinary skills in the final of the junior class of South West Chef of the Year.
Ellie, 15, and three other students battled it out as they prepared, cooked and served a dish in 90 minutes at the Ashburton Cookery School, Devon.
Ellie’s dish was venison medallions on a bed of celeriac mash served with Chantenay carrots, sauteed savoy cabbage and a red wine and blackberry jus. Although she didn’t win it was a great achievement to reach the final.
Ellie, who is studying GCSE food technology, said: “I really enjoyed participating in the competition. Over the past few weeks I have learned so much, gained many new skills and met some inspirational people. It was a great experience.”
Anna Woodman, subject leader in design technology and art at Lavington School, said: “We are all so proud of Ellie and her South West Young Chef achievement. She has represented her school and county at national level, achieving a tremendous standard in her practical work, where she has shown superb technical ability.”
To get to the final Ellie won the semi-final beating 60 young chefs in Wiltshire.
Rhiannon Boughay, of Lavington School, was second in the semi-final with her creation of crab crush potatoes, dill drizzle and poached salmon. Both girls have been offered a placement with the Bath Priory Michelin starred chefs on a junior mentoring programme.
Their success follows other Lavington School pupils’ achievements in cookery competitions this year.
Students George Ormond, Ruari Gale, Phoebe Greenwood and Hannah Thomas won the Apetito Masterchef Championship in May while Lucy Pottinger and Eleanor Lockwood were finalists at the Rotary Young Chef competition.
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