On 15th October 2018, Merton College’s Hospitality and Catering Academy was delighted to host a masterclass for local schools competing in the Wandsworth Young Chef of the year Competition. The masterclass was designed to help the young competitors to prepare for the school heats and grand finale of the competition.
Now in its 6th year, the Young Chef competition is an inter-school event in which budding chefs from local schools compete against each other. Chef Lecturers Bernadette Byrne and Adam Maund led the masterclass, providing competitors with the opportunity to perfect their presentation and technical knife skills, the food costs involved in the event were met by the Savoy Educational trust.
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. Merton College has been a proud supporter of the initiative alongside the main sponsor, Compass Group since its launch in 2013.
For Young Chef 2019, the following schools are:
- St Cecilia’s, CE School
- Burntwood Academy
- Ernest Bevin College
- Southfields Academy
- Graveney Academy
- Chestnut Grove Academy
- Ark Putney Academy
Here is just a small sample of the feedback from students on why they enjoyed taking part in the masterclass:
“I enjoyed working as a team”
“I enjoyed putting the fruits together”
“Being creative with cutting fruits and being proud of the end result”
The competition culminates with the finalists creating a three course meal to serve at the Mayor of Wandsworth’s Young Chef Charity Dinner in Spring 2019; a fundraiser for local causes in the local community. Good luck to all the budding chefs taking part.
Photo credit: Wandsworth Lifelong Learning