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Apprentice tastes success

April 20, 2012

West Cheshire College Hospitality and Catering Apprentice Robbie Massam won the Abode’s Cheshire Young Chef Competition at the Chester Food and Drink Festival.

Robbie, 16, from Bromborough, was announced the winner after preparing, cooking and presenting a dish within 40 minutes in front of a live audience at Chester Racecourse.

Robbie’s dish of choice for the competition was a pork burger filled with Cheshire cheese on a garlic scented bread roll, topped with deep fried julienne of leeks and potatoes, served with a fresh vegetable salsa.

Following on from his triumph, Robbie will now represent the North West next year in the Future Chef National Competition as well as being mentored by Michelin star chef and Director at the Abode, Michael Caines.

Robbie said: “It was such a surprise to win the competition. To be mentored by Michael Caines is a great opportunity as he is such a talented and creative chef.

“I’m already looking forward to the final and have a few dishes in mind for what I am going to create.”

Julie Hinde, Hospitality and Catering tutor from West Cheshire College, said: “Everybody at the College is absolutely delighted with Robbie winning the regional competition and making it to the national finals. He is really talented and passionate about cooking so really deserves his success.

“We wish him the best of luck for the final and I’m sure he will go far.”

The Apprentice beat off stiff competition from local young chefs including another West Cheshire College Apprentice, Andy Turner, who cooked a fillet of trout with a prawn and caper beurre noisette.

For more information about hospitality and catering full-time courses and Apprenticeships at West Cheshire College contact the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk.

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