08/04/2014 - Hornsea teenager is Yorkshire’s best young chef
A 14-year-old chef who credits her grandmother as her main culinary inspiration was ‘speechless’ last night after being awarded the title of the Golden Apron 2014 – Yorkshire’s best young chef.
Georgie Smithson-Brown, from Great Hatfield, near Hornsea, East Yorkshire, triumphed at last night’s final of the prestigious cookery competition run by Michelin-starred chef James Mackenzie, the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School, and farming company JSR.
Georgie, whose prize includes a work placement with Cranswick plc, working on the Sainsbury's account with their new product development team, said: “I really didn’t expect to win – I’m speechless, which isn’t like me!”
The competition was open to young chefs aged between 14 and 19 from across the county.
Georgie, who is a pupil at Hornsea School, beat off fierce competition from Oliver Robinson (15) from Otley, who is at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, and studies hospitality and cookery once a week on day release at Leeds City College, and Jake Fawcett (18) from Wakefield, who is studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery at Wakefield College.
The trio of talented teenagers cooked their own pork dish at the first heat back in early March, reaching a semi-final later in the month of eight young chefs from across the county who cooked a two-course menu based on James’ recipes. Last night the three finalists cooked dinner for an invited audience at James’ Pipe and Glass Inn at South Dalton, near Beverley; the guests were then invited to vote for which course they preferred.
Georgie tackled a starter of mackerel three ways (smoked mackerel fishcake with tartare sauce, smoked mackerel and horseradish-pate-filled choux bun, soused mackerel with cucumber and beetroot; Jake cooked roast loin of East Yorkshire reared pork with potato and pork pie, wild garlic crumb, black pudding bundle, anise carrot, apple and cider gravy for the main course; and Oliver’s pudding was white chocolate pot with Yorkshire forced rhubarb, ginger popcorn and parkin.
The Golden Apron is an initiative from James Mackenzie of the Pipe and Glass, South Dalton, near Beverley – one of only five Michelin-starred chefs in Yorkshire – and Tim Rymer of the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and farming company JSR, both based at Southburn, near Driffield. The competition is sponsored by food suppliers Cranswick plc and Sainsbury’s.
James Mackenzie said: “Considering their age, all the finalists were so calm and collected in the kitchen – although there were a few nerves! This competition is so rewarding for us all: it’s important to encourage the next generation”
JSR Chairman Tim Rymer said: “We’re so impressed by Georgie – she was the youngest and least experienced chef in the final, but her starter was unbelievably good.”
Marcus Hoggarth, Sales and Marketing Manager of Cranswick plc, said: “The Golden Apron is a great opportunity for us to be associated with these young, local chefs, who have all shown a real talent for cooking great food, and a passion for great quality ingredients.”
For further information on The Golden Apron 2014: www.goldenapron.co.uk
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