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PTC students win FutureChef Worcestershire schools heat!

Students win first and second place in this prestigious competition

On Thursday 7th January at here at PTC, talented hopefuls from Worcestershire and surrounding area schools, aged between 12 and 16, took up the challenge to showcase their fantastic cooking skills and battled it out to win their place in the Regional Final and getting one step closer to the National Final on the 14 March 2016.

Our Year 10 student, Thomas, reigned supreme, impressing the judges, with his winning menu of Lime and Thyme Pork Steak, honey-glazed carrots and fondant potato followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding. 

student winner cooking

Thomas's winning dishes

PTC's Ellie, also Year 10, came runner-up.

runner up cooking

runner up savoury dishrunner ups sweet dish






Head Judge Craig Miles, Tugo Food Systems, said “It has been a pleasure watching the students cook, the standards were very high. They are all so young and have great futures ahead of them. The dishes were all full of flavour and I hope the students join the hospitality industry.’’

Mrs Condlyffe, teacher for Food Technology and Catering said, "Both did so well last night and have been a credit to the school" 

Springboard’s FutureChef is a nationwide culinary initiative which helps young people aged 12-16 cook their way through a series of challenges; it also provides invaluable lessons and insight into the culinary industry.

Winner Thomas said “I love cooking and I am looking to go into the Industry. I cannot wait for the next round and look forward to working on my dish with my mentor.” Thomas will be mentored by Mathew Shropshall, University College Birmingham, ready for the Regional Final in February.

winner with certificate and chef judge

Springboard’s Programmes Manager Sophie Green, Central Belt said “The Springboard FutureChef initiative is the biggest and most successful national school cooking programme. It inspires students to learn to cook, introduces them and their schools to well respected industry chefs, offers the opportunity to win fantastic prizes and gain anything from a valuable life skill to an informed career path into the UK’s hospitality industry.”

runner up with certifcate and chef judge

Springboard’s FutureChef was developed as the result of research findings into young people’s perception of the industry. The research revealed that young people admire higher profile and celebrity chefs, yet, surprisingly few generally consider a career as a chef!

To address this, Springboard’s FutureChef Local Finals are judged by industry chefs with the winner paired up with a local industry chef mentor, to work on their dishes for the Regional Final. A range of employer sponsors are involved in the initiative and dedicated to inspiring young talent into the industry.

The 2016 competition will culminate on the 14 March 2016, with the National Final taking place at Westminster Kingsway College in London.