A fourteen-year-old pupil from Phoenix Academy has been crowned the Hammersmith & Fulham Young Chef of The Year.
Kai Sulcedo, whipped up two courses, mapo tofu curry noodles and a Chinese-inspired coconut pudding, in the Ealing, Hammersmith and West London Taste Restaurant in Barons Court, before walking away with the glass trophy. He also scored himself two cooking books and a five hundred pounds Westfield gift voucher; presented by Councillor Daryl Brown, Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham.
He told H&F Council about his mother’s influence in learning how to develop and balance flavours which, has encouraged him to cook for his parents at weekends.
Gerrard Madden, Head Chef at Wembley Stadium, said: “It’s all about how adventurous you want to be and, if you have a family, how you can diversify meals in several different dishes.”
Madden sat alongside Dipna Anand, Chef at Dip in Brilliant, Andy Needham from L’Amorosa, Ross Stacey of the River Cafe and dietician Miranda Greg, on the judging panel.
They rated the competitors on organisation, timing, food preparation, skills, hygiene, presentation, taste, and nutritional balance.
Dean Vaughan, Director of Curriculum at Hammersmith and Fulham College told H&F Council about the importance of these cooking competitions or initiatives.
“Food technology may no longer be on every curriculum because of cost, but it is vital youngers learn how to use fresh raw ingredients, look after themselves, maybe make friends, teach others and learn new things.”
Selsabil Amtouti, 15, from Fulham Cross Girl’ School won the ‘Nutritional Balance Honours’ and hopes to own a bakery as well as becoming a dentist.
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