Young chef equal to professionals say judges

Young chef Phoebe Reeves is heading for a London final because of her talent.

Phoebe, 14, from Tanbridge House School, Horsham, was a winner in a field of eight at the London Regional Final of Springboard’s Future Chef 2016 Competition at Lambeth College.

Her big moment will come on March 14 in the National Final at Westminster Kingsway College in London.

Phoebe said: “I was apprehensive before the event, but increased in confidence as I went along. I feel very proud to have got through to the national final and I’m very excited, if a bit nervous.”

In recent months these dedicated young chefs have already outshone more than 450 of their peers in earlier rounds.

At the regional final they showcased their cooking, budgeting and time management skills.

Phoebe’ winning menu was rump of lamb with red wine and thyme jus and parsnip puree and heritage carrots, followed by a desert of ‘deconstructed’ apple crumble served with a raspberry sorbet.

Springboard’s FutureChef is a nationwide culinary initiative in more than 550 schools. Its main goal is to assist young people aged 12-16 to learn the vital life skills of cooking and understanding nutrition, as well as providing invaluable insight into and inspiration for building a career within the hospitality industry.

The talented hopefuls had already succeeded in two previous rounds of competition as they cooked for a place in this year’s final at Lambeth.

Judges David Girard of the Dorchester Collection, Phil Dyer and Daniel Rampart of Gather and Gather, and Mikhail Lumanov of Lambeth College, all commented that Phoebe impressed with her complete focus and highly organised, calm approach to working in such a pressured environment.

At the same time, she displayed a real understanding of the techniques required to produce great food. The judges said: “We’ve worked with professionals who would have been delighted to have produced the results Phoebe did and she really stood out today.”

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