Wandsworth young chef of the year

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An inter-school competition run by the Mayor of Wandsworth and the council’s Lifelong Learning Team that nurtures young talent, teaches young people how to cook good healthy food to a budget, provides a chance to learn from the experts and helps young people get a foothold in the catering industry.

Each of the schools taking part has a shortlist of competitors, who were invited along to the launch at South Thames College. Support is being provided by the South Thames College catering school and major catering company Compass, which has been involved with the competition since it launched in 2013. They will provide mentors for the finalists.

Over a five month period schools will hold ‘cook-offs’ to choose their finalists, who will compete in spring in the grand final. Along the way they will be taught crucial skills and will be taken to Billingsgate to learn how to select and prepare fish.

“This competition and the additional support we’re offering this year means that our young people will be best placed to make the most of the opportunities in the hospitality sector opening up in the Nine Elms regeneration area and elsewhere. I hope everyone taking part enjoys themselves and learns as much as they can. I can’t wait to taste the dishes they prepare in the final.”

Cllr Richard Field
Mayor of Wandsworth