Master chefs of the future cook up a real treat

Winner Lucas Vaqueirinho explains his dish to judges Jennifer Tickle, left, and Sue O'Connor. Picture: Dick Taylor
Winner Lucas Vaqueirinho explains his dish to judges Jennifer Tickle, left, and Sue O'Connor. Picture: Dick Taylor

The master chefs of the future showed off their culinary skills in a competition.

The rookie cooks took part in Wakefield Rotary Club’s Young Chef of the Year competition at Gaskell’s Restaurant in Wakefield College last week.

TOP MARKS: Winning cook Lucas Vaqueirinho, flanked by judges Jennifer Tickle (left) and Sue O'Connor. Every contestant received a certificate. Picture: Dick Taylor

TOP MARKS: Winning cook Lucas Vaqueirinho, flanked by judges Jennifer Tickle (left) and Sue O'Connor. Every contestant received a certificate. Picture: Dick Taylor

Lucas Vaqueirinho, 15, of Rothwell, took the top honours last Wednesday. The Outwood Grange Academy student will now go on to take part in the district competition at Bettys Cookery School at Harrogate in February.

The judges congratulated Lucas on “taking control of his workplace”.

Each contestant had two hours in which to produce a two-course meal of their choice and Lucas opted to present salmon fishcake followed by vanilla panna cotta, washed down with sparkling white grape juice.

Second place went to Lewis Phillips, 13, also from Outwood Grange, while Tom Wilks, 14, from Ackworth School, came third.

Every contestant received a certificate for taking part. Others contestants were Jude Brown, 13, from Outwood Grange, and three 14-year-old students from Cathedral Academy: Jordan Fawcett, Lea Chalkley and Hannah Bellwood.

The competition at Wakefield College was judged by former home economics teachers Jennifer Tickle and Sue O’Connor.

Jennifer said: “It’s been a daunting task for the contestants but all they have stepped up to the plate.”

The certificates were presented by Wakefield Rotary Club president Michael Townsend.

The event was organised by club member Ann Roberts.