2018 Winners

CatrinFirst place: Catrin Manning, 16, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Catrin Manning, 16, took the top-spot of 2018’s FutureChef Competition. The 16-year-old beat 12,000 others to claim first prize, working non-stop to prepare for the competition, having participated for the last two years.Catrin Manning, 16, took the top-spot of 2018’s FutureChef Competition. The 16-year-old beat 12,000 others to claim first prize, working non-stop to prepare for the competition, having participated for the last two years.

She beat 11 others to the title of FutureChef Champion with her sea bass with textures of brassica and chilli dressing, and a crème brulée with butter shortbread, vanilla and balsamic dressing for dessert.

For first place, Catrin received afternoon tea at Eton Dorney, and a chance to work behind the scenes with the Sodexo team at Henley Royal Regatta.

Next, Catrin wants to study patisserie at Westminster Kingsway College, and in the future, perhaps open her own restaurant.

 


WOJTEK CZYZEWSKIWojtek Czyżewski, 16, Castlebrae Community High, Edinburgh

Second place was taken by Wojtek Czyżewski. With help of his mentor, Wojtek trained non-stop to hone his skills, ready for the FutureChef Final.Second place was taken by Wojtek Czyżewski. With help of his mentor, Wojtek trained non-stop to hone his skills, ready for the FutureChef Final.

He impressed the judges with his brown butter poached, smoked and cured seabass, hazelnut crumb, tarragon pomme purree, charred cauliflower and purple sprouted broccoli.

As second prize, Wojtek and three of his friends will be going to this year’s Capital FM Summer Ball at Wembley, in the Delaware North Box. He will also be working behind the scenes before the concert with Head of Culinary, Harry Lomas.

Once he has completed his studies, Wojtek has been offered a job at Prestonfield House.

 


ImogenThird place: Imogen Pickles, 16, Parkside School, Bradford

Imogen Pickles, from Bradford, took third place in the 2018 final. The 16 year-old student previously entered the competition in 2017, and was determined to take one of the top-spot this year – with her cooking skills quickly improving thanks to her mentor chef and hard work.Imogen Pickles, from Bradford, took third place in the 2018 final. The 16 year-old student previously entered the competition in 2017, and was determined to take one of the top-spot this year – with her cooking skills quickly improving thanks to her mentor chef and hard work.

Imogen presented the judges with a pan-fried sea bass with ratatouille, salsa verde and wilted spinach. For her dessert, she whipped up a lemon, raspberry and orange roulade with homemade lemon curd and raspberry puree.

Her prize includes the chance to work with a celebrity chef for her and her mentor, and to work with the Elior development chefs to produce a fine-dining experience for 100 guests.
About others who are considering taking part in FutureChef, Imogen said, “Definitely go for it. It’s a good experience, and even if you don’t get anything out of it you can try again next year – plus, you have a great time and meet new people. I’ve made some great friends with the girls on the stations next to me!”

 

All finalists received:

  • £100 cash prize from the Worshipful Company of Cooks£100 cash prize from the Worshipful Company of Cooks
  • Personally embroidered aprons provided by Russums
  • Commemorative plates supplied by Bunzl Lockhart
  • Commemorative medals supplied by the Craft Guild of Chefs
  • Personally embroidered chef jackets provided by Johnsons Stalbridge Linen
  • Skull caps sponsored by Tonstate
  • ‘CHEF BOOK’ for each finalist, teacher and mentor chef, donated by BaxterStorey
  • The Full Firmdale Hotels experience, packed full of exciting learning opportunities, headed by Group Executive Head Chef, Robin Read and by Group Kitchen Trainer, Stephane Cerisier. It includes demonstrations, kitchen tours, meet and greets with head chefs and the opportunity to ask questions alongside a variety of innovative masterclasses – all courtesy of Firmdale Hotels.

National Final Gallery