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Sweet taste of success for aspiring cooks at Kirklees College Young Chef of the Year competition

The annual Young Chef of the Year competition was held at the Landings 72 restaurant

(L-R) Runners up Megan Crabtree & Zak Norton Podmore and winner Rachael Rushworth

Aspiring chefs celebrated the sweet taste of success as Kirklees College held its Young Chef of the Year competition.

The annual competition was held at the Huddersfield campus’ Landings 72 restaurant, where budding foodies got to experience working in a professional kitchen.

Open to people aged between 14 to 16 from across West Yorkshire, the competition saw 18 young chefs pitted against one another.

Whittled down to eight after the first heat, the entrants battled it out to whip up delicious desserts in under two hours.

And as if that wasn’t pressure enough, the culinary enthusiasts had to impress judges Anthony Hegley (founder of Asparagus Green) and catering director Sally Russum with their showstoppers.

The finalists included Salendine Nook pupils Zak Norton Podmore and Rachael Rushworth, Caitlin Lodge from Castle Hall Academy and Rastrick High pupil Megan Crabtree.

But while Zak and Megan came runners up, it was Rachael who came out on top after impressing the panel with her pear and ginger torte with salted caramel sauce.

Zak had made an impression with his rhubarb cake and creme Anglaise, while Megan wowed judges with her chocolate profiteroles.

Hospitality and catering curriculum leader at Kirklees College, Gary Schofield, said: “We were incredibly impressed with the talent and attitudes of these young chefs.

“They all did exceptionally well and it was a pleasure to watch them at work.

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