First time Flintshire Young Chef of the Year 2014 is crowned

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Premium Supplier 7th April 2014

First time Flintshire Young Chef of the Year 2014 is crowned

Cara Maguire is today celebrating after winning the title of Flintshire Young Chef of the Year 2014, sponsored by Essential Cuisine.

This is the first year that the competition has moved to Flintshire, so it’s a great year to win the coveted title.

Cara, who’s just 18, works at The Tavern in Mold, and cooked her way to the final with her 3 course menu featuring local and seasonal produce.

This is the first time Cara has entered a competition like this; “my dad really wanted me to enter a competition, and when I saw this one sponsored by Essential Cuisine, I jumped at the chance, especially as my workplace were really supportive of it.”

The Flintshire Heat took place on 3rd April at Coleg Cambria, Deeside. Cara faced tough competition from Joseph Campbell, Louise Williams, Dylan Antrobus, all from The Tavern in Mold, Jayme Salt from St David’s Park Hotel, and Tom Bell from Dukes Bar & Grill.

Judges on the day were Chairman of Judges Brian Mellor, Managing Director of Essential Cuisine Nigel Crane, and Cheshire based chef Mark Fletcher,

Cara’s winning menu began with a starter of pigeon breast with textures of beetroot and poached quails egg.

Her main course was seabass with seared scallops and asparagus, followed by a stunning dessert of classic lemon tart, poached rhubarb and clotted cream.

Also sponsored by CHR Foodservice Equipment, the competition which is in its 12th year seeks to find young talent in the North West.

Cara will now go on to attend a master class with an acclaimed chef to hone skills with the industry’s best, before going on to compete against the other regional winners in the final of North West Young Chef Competition, which will be held at Manchester College on 18th June 2014.

In preparation for the final, Cara said “I might try and change a few things on my menu to jazz it up a bit. I’m really looking forward to the final in June.”