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Young chefs can cook up big prizes in borough wide competition

Are you young, can you cook and do you have the taste for success?

If so, young people with a passion for cooking are invited to test their skills by creating delicious dishes in a borough-wide competition.

14 to 16-year-olds hungry to make their mark in the culinary world can enter through their school or youth club which will hold their own competitions before putting their two most talented forward to the final of H&F Young Chef 2016.

The event will be judged by top chefs, who in the past have included Ruth Rogers of the River Cafe, Anna Lotito, of Mamma Anna & Co and Gerrard Madden of Fulham Football Club.

“H&F Young Chef is a great contest that we are delighted to support,” says Cllr Sue Macmillan, Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

“Cooking well is a key life skill that can lead to good jobs, better health and can also be fun.”

Last year’s Chef of the Year, year nine pupil Taban Roosta, said: “It was awesome. I got some really good tips on presentation. I’m really proud of what I made and that people really liked it. I didn’t expect to win.”

The competition is organised by H&F Council and Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. If you think you can cause a stir with your delicious dishes, make sure you enter through your school or youth club to take part in the final by 29 January 2016.

The final will be held at the college’s training restaurant in Barons Court on 25 February. Finalists will be given one hour to prepare two courses from fresh ingredients costing under £7.

The winner will receive a trophy and a Westfield gift card and the runners-up will receive smaller prizes, presented by H&F Mayor, Cllr Mercy Umeh.

Schools, youth clubs and other organisations which want to take part can email Graham Morrison at to find out more.