On Monday 24th March 2014 – Twelve aspiring young chefs gathered at Westminster Kingsway College to compete for the coveted title of Springboard’s FutureChef Winner 2014.
The young chefs were taking part in the charity’s annual cooking contest, which was judged by leading industry chefs. The twelve finalists earned their place in the National final by mixing, stirring and chopping their way through local and regional heats held across the country. They were selected from 8,200, 12 – 16 year olds who entered Springboard’s FutureChef competition.
The finalists had to prepare two restaurant-quality dishes from a selection of fresh ingredients in just two hours. The pressure was on to impress the judges.
Hosted by David Mulcahy (Head of Judges) Craft and Food Development Director Sodexo UK & Ireland – it was Anna Carmichael (Bellerive FCJ Catholic College, Liverpool) who won the North West regional heat, who was announced as the deserving winner. Anna impressed judges with her enthusiasm, skill and the menu choice of: Lamb Shoulder, Pan Fried Lamb, Pulled Lamb with pistachio and mint crumb, Butternut Squash, New Potatoes, Spinach and Shallot puree. Followed by Chocolate and Raspberry plate, warm chocolate and raspberry fondant. Raspberry syllabub and she now joins the notable list FutureChef winners.
Anne Pierce, Chief Executive, The Springboard Charity commented: “Congratulations to all of our hard-working, committed finalists – they have all been part of a great FutureChef. It really is amazing to see the quality of work by young chefs improve year on year, the talent we see as a result of the Springboard FutureChef initiative is remarkable and Anna Carmichael is a true winner.
To bring together Springboard’s network of experienced chefs, FutureChef alumni and our hospitality partners in this way ensures that we as an industry, continue to inspire young talent to learn about food and cooking as well as gaining valuable experience about career opportunities in this great industry.’’
FutureChef Chairman, Brian Turner CBE, commented: “It’s been an emotional day and it’s fantastic to see so many dedicated young people with so much talent. Thanks must also go to teachers and mentors who make such a great contribution to the success of the event. FutureChef is a great competition and Anna is a great winner.”
Celebrity Chef, James Martin, added: “You can see that these young people have really listened to their mentors, but they still had to deliver under pressure and that’s impressive. Overall the competitors have delivered a really high standard and presented us with some standout dishes.”
On hearing she was the FutureChef Winner 2014, Anna Carmichael said: “I can’t believe it. There were so many amazing dishes, I’m so shocked I’ve won.”
2nd Place went to: Meganne Shearer
3rd Place went to: Jordon Powell
4th Place went to: Rick Owens
Full list of Finalists:
- East of England – Henry Mathews
- East Midlands – Isobel Coombs
- West Midlands – Carl Ridsdale
- Wales – Bronwen Jenkins
- South West – Katie England
- North East – Connor Blades
- South East – Jordon Powell
- London – Rick Owens
- Central and South Scotland – Rebecca Ramsay
- North Scotland – Meganne Shearer
- Northern Ireland – Christine Graham
- North West – Anna Carmichael
- David Mulcahy – Head of Judges – Craft and Food Development Director Sodexo UK & Ireland
- Hayden Groves – BaxterStorey and National Chef of the Year
- Adam Degg – Head Pastry Chef – Wild Honey Restaurant
- Vivek Singh – Executive Chef – Cinnamon Club, Kitchen and Cinnamon Soho
- Sophie Wright – Food Writer and Owner – Sophie Wright Catering
- Alan Bird – Chef Patron – Bird of Smithfield
- Hayley Cancea – FutureChef Winner 2013
- Simon Stocker – Chef Practitioner – Westminster Kingsway College
- Steve Munkley – Executive Chef – The Royal Garden Hotel
- Brian Turner – FutureChef Chairman
List of Prizes:
Winner prize: sponsored by Sodexo – a unique behind the scene visit to Royal Ascot where the winner will work with top chefs whilst their parents enjoy a tour of Eton College. The winner and guests will return to Ascot to enjoy full hospitality. A night in a hotel the evening before will also be included.
Winning mentor chef:
Will receive a Commemorative plate provided by Steelite
Vouchers to the value of £400 courtesy of Bunzl Lockhart.
Runner Up – Courtesy of Delaware North – The winner of this prize will be able to invite 4- 6 people to the DNC box at Wembley for the Summertime Ball 2014 to work in the VIP area before the concert and see back of house area at Wembley. The winner will then join family for the event itself.
3rd Prize – Courtesy of Berner’s Tavern and London’s Edition- Executive Chef Phil Carmichael at Berners Tavern is looking forward to spending a day working with the winner in Jason Atherton’s kitchen.
Also the winner and 2 guests will enjoy an overnight stay and dinner at London’s Edition where an interconnecting room for 3 people.
4th Prize – Courtesy of Elior – The Lucky winner and their mentor will work on an inspirational dinner with a celebrity chef and the Elior development chefs to produce a fine dining banquet for 10 VIP guests.
Prizes for all finalists:
- Commemorative plates courtesy of Steelite
- £100 Cash prize from Worshipful Company of Cooks
- Personally embroidered Chefs Jackets and Skull caps provided by Johnsons Stalbridge Linen
- ‘Butter Wouldn’t Melt’ by Executive Pastry Chef – Phil Skinazi – Baxterstorey
- Commemorative medals supplied by Craft Guild of Chefs
- Personally embroidered aprons provided by Russums
- Skull caps sponsored by Tonstate
- Signed copies – ‘Its Never OK to Kiss the Interviewer- and other secrets to surviving, thriving and high-fiving at work’ by Jane Sunley – Purple Cubed