Reg Johnson Young Chef Competition 2019


Reg Johnson Young Chef

Blackburn Central students returned to the ‘ring’ for this year’s Reg Johnson Young Chef Competition.

Nabil returned to defend last year’s winning title, accompanied by new contenders Summaiyah and Leah. The regional heat took place at Blackburn College, with a second taking place at Blackpool and Fylde College. Our students were required to create two portions of a Goosnargh duck dish, of their own design.

Summaiyah and Leah served pan roasted Goosnargh duck breast, with a spaghetti of vegetables, Parisian sweet potatoes, and pomegranate dressing.

Nabil cooked pan fried Goosnargh duck breast, served with chicken liver pithivier, buttered spinach, pommes dauphinoise, and pan juices.

Congratulations to Nabil who won this heat, and will be representing BCHS in the finals on Wednesday 1st May 2019. We are also very proud of Summaiyah and Leah, who worked brilliantly, impressing the judges with the high standard of their cooking. Unfortunately only so many cooks can go through to the final.

All of our students received a Young Chef branded apron, plus Nabil also won a branded chef’s jacket and Obsession cook book signed by Nigel Haworth.

Fingers crossed for Nabil in the final. Prizes on offer include dinner for 6, a cooking demo by famous chef Lisa Allen, and food technology equipment for school. The winning dish will feature at a dinner at Café Northcote as part of the National Festival of Making.

The Reg Johnson Young Chef Schools Competition was launched last year, by Blackburn College in partnership with top chefs Nigel Haworth and Paul Heathcote MBE. Reg Johnson, put the village of Goosnargh on the map, thanks to his Goosnargh corn-fed chicken and duck.

The cooking competition celebrates the late Reg Johnson’s legacy of encouraging talent and innovation within the catering industry. It encourages young chefs to consider a future within catering and hospitality.

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