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Winner of Springboard’s FutureChef 2015 announced

Tom Hamblet was announced as Winner of Springboard’s FutureChef 2015 at the National Final beating over 8,000 contestants to claim the title.

Taking place at Westminster Kingsway College, where 12 finalists competed to be crowned winner of Springboard’s FutureChef 2015, the finalists already completed school, local and regional finals before making it to the National Final beating over 8,000 students.

Serving up a menu of Poached fillets of sole, dill and spinach stuffing, purple sprouting turned potatoes and fish cream foam and a dessert of Vanilla Cake with raspberry sorbet, bitter chocolate ganache and caramel nut clusters, Tom from Atanbridge House School, West Sussex cooked his way into the judges hearts at the Springboard’s FutureChef 2015 National Final competition.

On hearing he won Springboard’s FutureChef 2015 Tom said “I’m so excited that I won, I can’t believe this has happened to me and I am privileged to be in this position right now.”

Springboard’s FutureChef, is a nationwide culinary initiative delivered in over 500 schools nationwide. The main goal of FutureChef is to help young people aged 12-16 to learn the vital life skill of cooking and understanding nutrition as well as providing invaluable insight into and inspiration for building a career within the hospitality industry.

Springboard’s Chief Executive Anne Pierce MBE said “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 Tom is a true winner.”

Celebrated Chef Brian Turner CBE said “It has been a fantastic day and it’s good 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. Tom is a great winner.”

Tom Hamblet wins a unique behind the scene visit to Henley Regatta where he will work with top chefs whilst his parents enjoy boat trip along River Thames. Tom and his guests will return to Henley to enjoy full hospitality, courtesy of Sodexo.

Atanbridge House School wins vouchers to the value of £400, courtesy of Bunzl Lockhart and Tom’s mentor chef Christopher Basten receives a commemorative plate, courtesy of Steelite International.

Other prizes

Second place – Jai Parsons from Castlebrae Community HIgh in Edinburgh will be able to invite 3 people to the Delaware North box at Wembley for the Summertime Ball 2015. Jai will also undertake a work placement in the VIP area before the concert shadowing the Executive Head Chef for Hospitality, Mark Reynolds. The prize includes seeing the back of house area of Wembley Stadium, as well as Jai joining his guests for the concert itself, courtesy of Delaware North.

Third place- Ciaran Liddy from Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast and his mentor John Paul Leake will work on an inspirational dinner with a celebrity chef and the Elior development chefs to produce a fine dining banquet for 100 VIP guests, courtesy of Elior.

All National Finalists received:

  • £100 cash prize from the Worshipful Company of Cooks
  • Personally embroidered aprons provided by Russums
  • Commemorative plates from Steelite International
  • Commemorative medals supplied by Craft Guild of Chefs
  • Personally embroidered chefs jackets provided by Johnsons Stalbridge Linen
  • Skull Caps sponsored by Tonstate
  • Cookery Book courtesy of Mark Reynolds, Delaware North
  • A Taste of Summer courtesy of Brian Turner


Central and South Scotland – Jai Parsons, 15 – Castlebrae Community High School

East Midlands – Max Faulkner, 13 – Lutterworth High School

East of England – Ashleigh Sheppard, 15 – Stour Valley Community School

North East – Ashleigh Hellowell, 15 – The Maltings College

Northern Ireland – Ciaran Liddy, 14 – Rathmore Grammar School

South West – Anna West, 13 – Penair School

Wales – Siriol Richards, 16 – Ysgol Brodinefwr

West Midlands – Carl Ridsdale, 16 – South Bromsgrove High School

North West – Joseph Kelly,  13 – William Howard School

North Scotland – Hannah Hunter, 16 – Ardnamurchan High School

London – Georgia Morgan, 16 – Abbey Manor College

South East – Tom Hamblet, 15 – Tanbridge House School


David Mulcahy, Culinary Director, Sodexo UK and Ireland, Head Judge

Steve Munkley, Executive Chef, The Royal Garden Hotel

Matt Owens, Executive Pastry Chef, Fusion Catering Solutions

Adam Degg, Head Pastry Chef, Chiltern Firehouse

Simon Stocker, Advanced Practitioner< Westminster Kingsway College

Joe Queen, Executive Chef, Tennents Training Academy

Richard Davis, Executive Chef The Manor House

Adam Handling, Executive Chef, Adam Handling at Caxton

Hayden Groves, Executive Chef, BaxterStorey

Anna Carmichael, FutureChef Winner 2014

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