Celebrating this year’s top young chefs

Published: Friday, May 24, 2019

Wandsworth Young Chef of the Year finalists have prepared a gala lunch for 60 guests, including the Mayor of Wandsworth and members of the business community, to celebrate the success of this year’s competition.

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Graveney Academy, Burntwood Academy, Chestnut Grove Academy, Ernest Bevin College, Ark Putney Academy and St Cecilia’s worked alongside former Masterchef finalist Daksha Mistry to produce the lunch at the Taste Restaurant – part of the South Thames College Hospitality and Catering Academy in Merton.

Guests were treated to a three-course lunch inspired by the dishes produced by this year’s finalists. Chicken scaloppini with saffron cream sauce garnished with crispy serrano ham was particularly popular.

Young Chef, now in its seventh year, 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.

This year it was won by 14-year-old Mia Weatherhead from Graveney School. Young people thinking about entering next year can get inspiration from this short film that depicts the journey of this year’s finalists:

The gala lunch was one of the last engagements of the outgoing Mayor of Wandsworth Cllrs Piers McCausland. He said: “The standard of the young chef competition improves every year, and this lunch was a chance for the community to celebrate the hard work and success of these young people. The regeneration of Wandsworth will result in a significant increase in the number of local jobs in the hospitality industry and the competition enables young people to learn from industry experts.” 

Contact the Lifelong Learning Team via their website at http://www.wandsworthlifelonglearning.org.uk/ or call them on (020) 8871 8618.