First Place: Jodie Cochrane, 16, Trinity High School, Glasgow
I have always really enjoyed cooking at home and when I picked Hospitality to study at school, this further enhanced my passion and love of all things food.
My journey to the FutureChef National final has been hard work, but very rewarding and I will cherish all the skills I have learnt from my mentor Zoltan Szabo and all his team who have been so amazing and at times patient with me! Until recently, I never really thought seriously about a career in the food industry but this opportunity has certainly given me food for
thought and I am excited for the future.
Second place: Maisie Speller, 14, Notley High School, Essex
My love for cooking began when I was young and started baking with my Mum and Nannies.
I want to thank my family, my mentor and my Food Tech teachers who have supported me throughout the competition. I never thought I would get to the FutureChef National Final last year, let alone this year and to have the opportunity to cook in many professional kitchens. Many doors have been opened for my dream career due to this amazing competition!
Third place: Jessica Batchelor, 15, Aboyne Academy, Aberdeenshire
Being part of FutureChef has been an incredible experience. I have learnt so much in such a short period of time and it has allowed me to work with an amazing chef in his kitchen.
My interest in food developed relatively late when, at the age of 11, I broke and dislocated my elbow, which meant I had six weeks of inactivity. To pass the time, I developed a love for baking with one hand. Together, with my interest in nutrition, I took National 5 Health and Food Technology and my teacher encouraged me to enter FutureChef. I now have a passion for baking and cooking. Thank you everyone for providing me with a fantastic opportunity and a possible future career.
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 and Crème
- Commemorative medals supplied by the Craft Guild of Chefs
- Personally embroidered chef jackets provided by Caterer.com
- ‘Back in the Saddle’ cookbook – courtesy of Hayden‘Back in the Saddle’ cookbook – courtesy of HaydenGroves