17 May 2016

Past and present ncn students will be put through their paces at the Young Chef of the Year Awards in May.

The competition will be judged by Michelin starred chef, Sat Bains, whose restaurant currently ranks number one in the Sunday Times’ top 100 restaurants in Britain.

This is a bumper year for the competition, with more candidates than ever before being nominated.

Competitors, aged 18-22, will have two and a half hours to put together their dishes and impress the judges. Mr Bains will be joined by fellow judges, Richard Taylor from the butchers Owen Taylor and Sons and Jonathan Hyman from The Fruit Basket, who are both providing produce for the competition.

ncn apprentice, Jack Pearce, 18, is carrying out his professional cookery Apprenticeship at World Service and has been nominated for being so passionate and dedicated about his future.

Jack first found his talent for cooking at an early age and decided to put his passion into practice by taking an Apprenticeship.

Jack said:

“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship and I've learnt so much, I get to do something new most days. I really enjoy working on the starters, I'm really passionate about being a chef, so learning on the job, whilst doing my apprenticeship has been ideal for me.”

Jack is going to go on to be a commis chef at World Service once he finishes his apprenticeship and has dreams of getting a Michelin star one day.

Fellow competitor, Nikita Vara, who studied professional cookery at ncn is also in the running. Nikita, 19 now works for Copper Café in Nottingham as their junior sous chef and has been nominated for being “A cracking young chef cooking with fresh food.”

It’s the second time of entering the competition for former ncn professional cookery apprentice, Keelan Burton, 21, who now works as a commis chef at La Rock restaurant in Sandiacre. He has been nominated for his potential and talent.

We wish the best of luck to all students in the competition, which is being held on 17 May.

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