Shanice is Wandsworth’s top Young Chef

Published: Wednesday 5th April 17

Shanice Gayle, who attends Harris Academy in Battersea, has won the fourth annual Wandsworth Young Chef of the Year competition.

Wandsworth Young Chef final 2017

Judges were wowed by her dish of garlic butter prawns and chorizo skewers followed by lemon chicken piccata and homemade tagliatelle, with a pudding of tres leches (a sponge cake soaked in milk and cream) and pomegranate.

Each of the eight finalists won a Jamie Oliver cookbook, personally signed and dedicated to them by Jamie himself, plus £75. Shanice won £150 and a crystal trophy.

The finalists will now all take part in the Mayor of Wandsworth’s Young Chef of the Year 2017 Charity Dinner, which is raising money for children’s charities CCHF All About Kids and Shooting Start Chase Hospice.

The Young Chef competition is run by the Mayor of Wandsworth and the council’s lifelong learning team. It nurtures young talent, teaches young people how to cook good healthy food to a budget, provides a chance to learn from the experts and helps young people get a foothold in the catering industry.

Support for the competition was being provided by the South Thames College catering school and major catering company Compass, which has been involved with the competition since it launched in 2013. Chefs from Compass judged the final, overseen by executive chef at Compass, Nick Vadis.

Shanice with the Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Richard Field

The Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Richard Field was at the final. He said:

“Each year I think the standard can’t get any higher, and each year it does. As well as giving these young people a chance to hone their skills and show us what they can do, the Young Chef competition enables the borough’s young people to find out if professional cooking is for them. 

“Wandsworth’s food sector is booming and the regeneration of Nine Elms is opening up a wealth of opportunities. We want to make sure our schoolchildren are able to take full advantage of them. . 

This year the council’s Lifelong Learning team have secured funding from the European Social Fund. This means as well as extra resources for the Young Chef competition, the council will be offering additional support for young people interested in the hospitality sector, including work experience.

To find out more contact the team via its website or call them on (020) 8871 8618.

If you are interested in attending the Mayor’s charity dinner, call 020 8871 6604.

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