Reg Johnson Young Chef Winners Announced

02/05/2018

Reg Johnson Young Chef

We are proud to announce that Blackburn Central High School students Nabil and Waseem won the Reg Johnson Young Chef Competition 2018.

This exciting new competition was launched by Blackburn College and in partnership with top chefs Nigel Haworth and Paul Heathcote MBE.

The ‘Reg Johnson Young Chef Schools Competition’ celebrates the late Reg Johnson’s legacy of encouraging talent and innovation within the catering and hospitality industry.

Reg Johnson was famous for putting Goosnargh on the map by founding the UK’s most foremost poultry producer Johnson and Swarbrick, supplying the likes of Northcote, Hix Restaurants, plus Fortnum and Mason‘s Gallery Restaurant.

Waseem and Nabil achieved a place in the final by winning their previous heat, by creating a superb dish of pan fried Goosnargh duck breast, with duck and vegetable parcels, potato rosti and deep fried cabbage finished with a plum sauce.

The final saw Nabil and Waseem face off against students from Bowland High School, Haslingden High School, Pleckgate High School and St Christopher’s.

The standard was incredibly high but our lads wowed celebrity judges, Nigel Haworth and Paul Heathcote MBE, with an amazing dish of Goosnargh chicken breast served with herb tortellini, asparagus spears, and garden peas, followed by rhubarb crumble and freshly made rose scented ice cream to be declared the overall winners of the competition.

Mr McCrone, our food technology teacher, said: “Waseem and Nabil have worked so hard and they are absolutely delighted to have won. The whole school are thrilled with the boys’ achievement.”

Matthew from Haslingden High School took second place, with Meagan and Amelia from St Christopher’s Church of England High School Accrington coming in third.

“It has been quite amazing to see such a high technical standard of cooking from pupils so young and we have been delighted to see their enthusiasm and passion for food,” said Nigel Haworth.

“Paul and I have been astounded to see such advanced and difficult techniques used within the finals – who would have thought that Year 8 and 9 pupils would be able to make their own ice cream and Tortellini pasta!”

Paul Heathcote added: “It has been a pleasure to see the pupils incorporate fresh seasonal ingredients into their dishes and demonstrate such patience and advanced technical ability.”

Waseem and Nabil’s winning dish will be reproduced and on sale at Café Northcote at The National Festival of Making, taking place in Blackburn this weekend (12 & 13 May 2018).

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