Pie com­pany boss to judge at Ro­tary event

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FOCUS ON SMES -

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

PIC­TURES: JAMES HARDISTY

JUDGE: Tom Martin, owner of Os­sett pork pie man­u­facurer Eric Rich­mond, will judge the Brad­ford and Leeds Ro­tary Young Chef Com­pe­ti­tion.

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