Budding Chef’s from across the region battled it out for the title of local chef of the year.

Six students from schools in the area hoped to be crowned the local final winner of Future Chef 2016.

Executive Chef Peter Walters from Keele University was be amongst the judges at Stoke on Trent College along with Vice Chairman of the British Culinary Federation and Group Executive Chef of the Moat House, Matt Davies.

The local winner of the competition organised by the Springboard Charity was Abigail Phipps from Cannock Chase.

The competition winner will receive an industry mentor prior to the regional finals.  The national final of the competition will be held in London on Monday 27th March.

Participants were marked against a specified judging criteria, cooking a two course meal for two people (hot main course and a hot or cold dessert) for just £7.

Stoke on Trent College, Restaurant and Operations Manager, Jane Lovatt, said:  “This is an ideal opportunity for students to gain first hand feedback from Industry professionals.  We are delighted that Springboard have chosen to use our Industry standard facilities once again, to have Matt Davies, the Vice Chairman of the British Culinary Federation in our kitchens is a huge privilege”.

Springboard helps disadvantaged young people into careers in hospitality, leisure and tourism.  Youth Programmes manager Sophie Green said: “This is the seventh year the competition has been held at Stoke on Trent College.  It enables youngsters to discover their full potential by developing their culinary talent in industry standard kitchens”.

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Stoke on Trent College – providing fantastic learning facilities in a genuine commercial working environment.  For more information, visit the website at www.stokecoll.ac.uk