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National Final Success for Hazlehead Academy Pupil

FutureChef features a four stage national competition and includes classroom resources, chef demonstrations and skills challenges. It also forms a link between schools and hospitality employers and has now seen over 100,000 school pupils involved since it began in 2000. 

Speaking after the National Final, which took place at London’s Westminster Kingsway College on 27th March 2017, Amy said: “Being part of this competition is a great privilege and I would like to thank my school for giving me this fantastic opportunity - I have loved every minute!”

Amy served up a menu of loin of pork with chickpea puree and braised red cabbage. She followed this with a dessert of mandarin and olive oil cake with compressed mandarin and chocolate ganache. As part of her prize, Amy will be able to invite three people to the Delaware North box at Wembley for the 2017 Summertime Ball.

Speaking at the National Final, Anne Pierce, Springboard’s Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to all of our hard-working, committed finalists – they have all been part of a great FutureChef. It really is amazing to see the quality of work by young chefs improve year on year, the talent we see as a result of Springboard’s FutureChef is remarkable.”

Brian Turner OBE, FutureChef Chairman, added: “It has been a fantastic day and it’s good to see so many dedicated young people with so much talent. Thanks must also go to teachers and mentors who make such a great contribution to the success of the event. All our finalists are great winners.”

First place: Katie Cooper, 16, University College Birmingham, Birmingham

This year’s winner receives a visit to Ascot, courtesy of sponsor Sodexo. The winner will work with top chefs and they and their guests will enjoy Ascot’s full hospitality. Their school also receives a voucher to the value of £500 courtesy of Bunzl Lockhart.

Second place:  Amy Campbell, 14, Hazlehead Academy, Aberdeen

The winner of this prize will be able to invite three people to the Delaware North box at Wembley for the 2017 Summertime Ball. The winner will also undertake a work placement in the VIP area before the concert, shadowing Executive Chef for Hospitality, Mark Reynolds. The prize includes seeing the back of house area at Wembley Stadium, with the winner joining their guests for the concert itself. Courtesy of Delaware North.

Third place: Kieran Jones, 15, Homewood School and Sixth Form, Kent

This prize will allow the winner and their mentor to work on an inspirational dinner with a celebrity chef and the Elior development chefs to produce a fine dining banquet for 100 guests. Courtesy of Elior.


- Amy Campbell, 14

- Isabella Harten, 15

- Leigh Speight, 13

- Mathew Jackson, 16

- Mollie Robinson, 14

- Holly Blockley, 14

- Katie Cooper, 16

- Olatunde Odu, 14

- Lowri Rowlands, 15

- Anna West, 15

- Charlotte Fife, 14

- Kieran Jones, 15

All finalists receive:

- £100 cash prize from the Worshipful Company of Cooks

- Personally embroidered aprons provided by Russums

- Commemorative plates supplied by Bunzl Lockhart

- Commemorative medals supplied by Craft Guild of Chefs

- Personally embroidered chef jackets provided by Johnsons Stalbridge Linen

- Skull caps sponsored by Tonstate

- Copy of Adam Handling’s book: ‘Smile or Get Out of the Kitchen’

- The full Firmdale experience, packed full of exciting learning opportunities headed by Group Executive Chef Robin Reed and Group Kitchen Trainer Stephane Cerisier, including demonstrations, kitchen tours, meet and greets with head chefs and the opportunity to ask questions alongside a variety of innovative masterclasses.

FutureChef Chairman:

Brian Turner CBE

National Final Chef Judges:

- Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, Café Spice Namaste

- David Mulcahy, Sodexo UK and Ireland

- Chantelle Nicholson, Marcus Wareing Restaurants

- Adam Handling, Adam Handling LTD

- Steve Munkley, Royal Garden Hotel

- Simon Stocker, Westminster Kingsway College

- Matt Owens, Desserts by Matt Owens

- Joe Queen, Fresh Food Company

- Robin Read, Firmdale Hotels

- Ruth Hansom, The Ritz

- Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Northcote

- Bethan Disley-Jones, FutureChef 2016 Winner

Key Statistics:

- Over 100,000 school pupils have been on the FutureChef programme

- In the 2016-17 competition over 8,000 12-16 year olds have taken part nationwide

- By 2020, one third of the culinary workforce is expected to retire, which will increase pressure on the hospitality industry

- The hospitality industry represents 10% of GDP and supports 4.6 million jobs in the UK

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