Pie company boss to judge at Rotary event
ASPIRING YOUNG chefs will be put through their paces by the managing director of a pie manufacturer.
Tom Martin, boss of Wakefield-based Eric Richmond, will join Masterchef contestants Afsaneh Kaviani and Matthew Healy in judging this year’s Bradford and Leeds Rotary Young Chef Competition.
Open to 11-17-year-olds in full time education, the competition requires the young chefs to prepare a three course healthy meal for two, comprising a starter, main dish and dessert, all within a £15 budget.
The competition will take place on November 18 at Leeds City College’s Printworks Campus and aims to test the contestant’s organisational, planning and cooking skills as well as their ability to cope under pressure.
Around 36 young people are expected to take part in the competition with the winner going on to compete at district and potentially national levels.
Mr Martin says he is looking forward to judging the competition and seeing what the young people have to offer.
“Good food is very popular both in terms of cooking and eating.” he said. “The amount of cooking and baking programmes on TV and tremendous range of restaurants and eateries on our high streets are testament to that.”
Mr Martin added: “I have a passion for food myself and so am honoured to be asked to take part in this competition which aims to encourage and inspire the young foodies of tomorrow.”
Mr Martin bought Eric Richmond three years ago, leaving behind a career in IT to pursue his life-long passion for food.
He credits his father with him developing a love for food from an early age.
The Eric Richmond business dates back 72 years and was founded by a former World War II Lancaster bomber pilot.
Good food is very popular both in terms of cooking and eating. Tom Martin, boss of pie manufacturer Eric Richmond
JUDGE: Tom Martin, owner of Ossett pork pie manufacurer Eric Richmond, will judge the Bradford and Leeds Rotary Young Chef Competition.