Young chefs cook the best of Kent

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

THE county’s bud­ding Jamies and Delias put their culi­nary skills to the test in a cook-off to find this year’s Kent Young Chef Awards.

Eight stu­dents from across the county took part in the live fi­nal of the Pro­duced in Kent event on Fri­day at Thanet Col­lege.

Among them were Lana Foyle and Ge­orgina Bishop, both from Ash­ford School, who were fi­nal­ists in the ju­nior age group com­pe­ti­tion and An­drew Moores from the Tow­ers School, Ken­ning­ton, who was a fi­nal­ist in the se­nior com­pe­ti­tion.

The fi­nal­ists, aged be­tween 11 and 16, were given two hours to cook and serve their orig­i­nal main course recipes, all of which had to fea­ture lo­cal and sea­sonal pro­duce from the Gar­den of Eng­land.


Alice Brown­ing from St John Fisher Catholic Com­pre­hen­sive School, Chatham, was the ju­nior age group (Years 7 and 8) win­ner, while James Dye of Swan Val­ley Com­mu­nity School, Swanscombe won the se­nior sec­tion (Years 9, 10 and 11).

Richard Phillips – who has three suc­cess­ful restau­rants in Kent and is a reg­u­lar chef on TV’s Ready Steady Cook– was joined on the judg­ing panel by Roger Phillips, head of ca­ter­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity at Thanet Col­lege, and Julie Monkman, man­ager of Pro­duced in Kent.

“The stan­dard of cook­ing and pre­sen­ta­tion was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic,” said Richard.

All the fi­nal­ists recipes can be seen or down­loaded from the Pro­duced in Kent web­site on­


An­drew Moores from Tow­ers School in Ken­ning­ton


Lana Foyle from Ash­ford School

Pic­tures: Terry Scott PD1649816

Ge­orgina Bishop from Ash­ford School

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