Winner of Cumbria heat of North West Young Chef of the Year 2013 announced

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Editor 10th April 2013
A young chef from Rogan & Company has won the title of Cumbria Young Chef of the Year 2013. Daniel Akrigg, an 18- year-old chef from Cartmel, won the prize after taking part in a two and a half hour cook off on 3rd April at Kendal College, as part of the Essential Cuisine North West Young Chef of the Year competition. Daniel, who has been a commis chef at Simon Rogan’s Rogan & Company in Cartmel for two years, said he was relieved and ecstatic at winning, especially as it was his first competition. “When you’re cooking, you can’t see anyone else’s dishes which is really nerve-wracking,” he said. “I entered the competition to gain experience and confidence and really put myself out there. I’m very self-critical and doubt myself a lot so to win is absolutely fantastic.” The Cumbria Young Chef of the Year is one of the heats in the North West Young Chef of the Year competition, a regional competition for chefs under 22 years of age sponsored by Essential Cuisine. Talking about the importance of the competition, junior brand manager for Essential Cuisine, Lucy Davies, said: “We think it’s important to capture and develop young talent, and also to emphasise what fantastic local produce we have available to us here in the North West.” The other regional heats will take place throughout April with the Greater Manchester heat taking place at Manchester College on 17th April; the Lancashire heat at Blackpool & The Fylde College on 18th April; the Merseyside heat at Southport College on 24th April and the Cheshire heat at South Cheshire College on 25th April. The overall final of the North West Young Chef of the Year 2013 will take place on 13th June at Manchester College, Didsbury. Entrants are required to cook a three course meal for two using North West seasonal produce costing up to £25. The regional finalists get to attend a masterclass with a top chef. Last year’s finalists spent the day at Harthill Cookery School in Tattenhall with Aiden Byrne giving a fish masterclass. The overall champion will win a stage at a top restaurant and automatic entry into the Craft Guild of Chefs’ National Young Chef of the Year awards. Lucy Davies said: “Since it was started back in 2008, the talent that has entered the competition has been and continues to be fantastic. Chefs that have previously entered have gone on to become Heads Chefs and even own their own restaurants within a few short years.”

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 10th April 2013

Winner of Cumbria heat of North West Young Chef of the Year 2013 announced