Third annual Wandsworth Young Chef competition launched

Published: 27 October 2015

Young hopefuls from schools across the borough have attended the launch of the third annual Wandsworth Young Chef of the Year competition.

The inter-school competition 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.

Each of the schools taking part has a shortlist of competitors, who were invited along to the launch at Burntwood School, where they had a chance to meet mentors. All the finalists will receive extensive support and mentoring from chefs at major catering company Compass, which has been involved with the competition since it launched in 2013. Executive Chef of Compass, Nick Vadis, went along to the launch to chat to youngsters.

Also supporting the scheme is South Thames College’s catering school, which will be holding a masterclass for contestants on November 16, and Billingsgate Fish Market which will teaching finalists how to chose, prepare and cook fish in February.

The competition is run by the Mayor of Wandsworth and the council’s public health team. Over the next few weeks schools will hold ‘cook-offs’ to chose their finalists, who will compete next spring in the grand final judged by TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson, Nick Vadis and Ross Anderson of South Thames College.

Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Nicola Nardelli said: “The Wandsworth Young Chef of the Year Competition has proved very popular with local schools. It enables young people to get a taste of what it would be like to cook at a professional level and learn skills from the experts.

“Our aim is to help our young people reach their full potential. We hope the people taking part in this competition will be in a better position to take advantage of some of the opportunities in catering and hospitality being created by the regeneration of Nine Elms and other parts of the borough.

“I wish them all good luck and look forward to tasting their efforts in the final.” 

Notes to Editors

The schools taking part are:

  • Ashcroft Technology Academy
  • St Cecilia’s, Wandsworth
  • Burntwood School
  • Ernest Bevin College
  • Southfields Academy
  • Harris Academy, Battersea
  • Graveney School
  • Chestnut Grove Academy