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Talented young seafood chefs head to Grimsby Institute for prestigious national contest

SOME of the most talented young seafood chefs from around the UK headed to Grimsby to compete in a prestigious national competition.

Talented young seafood chefs head to Grimsby Institute for prestigious national contest

The kitchens and classrooms at the Grimsby Institute became a hive of activity as nine teams of students went head-to-head in the UK Young Seafood Chef Competition 2017.

Students from Kendal College took the winning title in a competition sponsored by companies, including Young's Seafood.

Highly regarded across the seafood industry for the valuable experience it gives to contestants, the competition provides young chefs with a platform to demonstrate their flair, understanding, skills and abilities using seafood from sustainable sources.

Judges for this year's competition included celebrity chefs Nathan Outlaw, of BBC Two's Great British Menu, and Ben Bartlett.

The winning duo of William Bolsover and Niall Frith said success in the competition would boost their hopes of a career in the industry.

"I can't believe we've won, I'm so shocked," William said.

"The competition has been amazing. It's been brilliant to meet Nathan Outlaw and the judges and competitions like this will really make a difference to our careers."

Also casting their expert eyes over the competition was Nikki Hawkins, events manager at Seafish, Serge Nollent, product group development manager at Young's Seafood and Franck Pontais, private chef and food consultant.

Nikki Hawkins said: "Once again this competition has seen some wonderful talent. The nine competing teams from all over the UK all showed exceptional skills in creating their seafood dishes and showed innovative ideas in the new 'invention test' for the intermediate fish course this year.

"It is encouraging to see such enthusiasm in the competing students. These are our young chefs of tomorrow and to reach these standards is a credit to both them and their lecturers who have encouraged them to show off these skills within a competition environment."

The Kendal team won a whole host of prizes from the sponsors, including a £500 voucher for each team member, a Thermomix TM5 food Processor, a £1,000 voucher for their college to spend on Russums catering equipment.

And for the first time ever in the competition, the winning pair will also be hosted by Koppert Cress, global growers of Micro-Greens, for a four day culinary experience.

The trip will include, two days spent in two different starred restaurants, a full tour of Koppert Cress facilities and growing gardens.

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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