Thirteen young chefs, some as young as 11 years old, had two hours to produce two stunning dishes under the gaze of top chefs. It was a challenge that would test the mettle of the most experienced pro.
This prestigious competition, sponsored by Rotary District 1130, is a stepping stone for the next generation of chefs. Up for grabs is a place in the all England final. Among the judges were previous finalists who have already made their mark on the industry.
For many chefs cooking away from your stove is always a challenge. For our young competitors, working in the unfamiliar setting of a professional kitchen, instinct takes over. And the quality and passion was the biggest winner.
Roulades, salsas, gnocchi, rice dishes, cakes, poached fish, grilled lamb, peach soufflés, luscious chocolate desserts… showcased a dizzying levels of technical skill. The chefs had to cook and serve one of their dishes to the judges, the second they had to present on restaurant table setting that they designed.
The RIBI young chef competition district final, which was hosted by Redbridge College hospitality and catering department, was tight heat. Only few points separated the top three from the rest of the field.
The winner, Patsy Stow, presented a light yet flavourful chicken Jalfrezi, followed by delightful re-interpretation of a classic Tiramisu. Patsy will represent the southern region in the national competition. Cool under fire, well prepared and confident, Patsy has the drive to take her all the way to the top. We wish her all the best in her goal of being crowned RIBI UK champ.