Katie Cooper from University College Birmingham has been announced as this year’s winner of the FutureChef 2017 Cooking competition.
Fairfax Meadow have been a sponsor of The Springboard Charity’s FutureChef programme for a number of years and are incredibly proud to be able to attend and exhibit at the previous three FutureChef National Final’s.
Our winner, Katie, started off as one of over 9000 competitors aged between 12-16 before she beat off 11 other young chefs at the National Final, held at Victoria’s Westminster Kingsway College and attended by JLS member-turned-farmer JB Gill. This was Katie’s third attempt at the competition and she is a shining example to others that persevering and growing through the competition each year can prove worthwhile. Katie said “It’s taken me three years to reach the National Final. It’s great to have made it and to have won. I see myself going on in the industry and going as far as possible, possibly opening my own restaurant”
Katie’s prize for winning the competition includes a full day’s hospitality experience at Royal Ascot which will no doubt prove a priceless experience with plenty of memories.
Fairfax Meadow would like to offer huge congratulations to all of this year’s finalists, just reaching the final alone requires great skill and the look of the dishes that were served on the day is testament to that. However special mention must also go to the runners up, Amy Campbell from Aberdeen & Kieran Jones from Kent.
It is a real pleasure to be involved with the programme and to meet these exciting young chefs gives us real optimism for the future of the industry. The work that FutureChef does to inspire the next generation cannot be underestimated. The winning of the competition isn’t what drives the competitors it is the whole process, the prestige surrounding the final itself, not to mention, the glamorous dinner that precedes the final and the various events and learning opportunities available to all members of the programme.
We would implore you to get in touch and find out how you can be involved with the programme, or if you know anyone that would be suitable then check out the FutureChef website at www.futurechef.uk.net