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Young chef is food festival winner

Copper Saucepan winner Ellie Tuttle with runner-up Reece Brady-Temple, the Mayor of Beverley, Cllr Ann Willis, and Paul Vinsen, of competition organisers HEYHA – the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitality Association

Rising star Ellie Tuttle became the first-ever female winner of the Copper Saucepan Apprentice Chef of the Year competition, held on Sunday (October 1) at Beverley Food Festival.  Ellie, who works at Cerutti’s Restaurant in Hull and previously at Cerutti 2 in Beverley

Ellie and her winning dishes

, triumphed in front of a packed food theatre, housed in a marquee in Saturday Market, Beverley.

Going head to head with fellow finalist Reece Brady-Temple, the two young chefs were challenged to cook a two course meal in just 30 minutes.

Judges described it as an extremely close decision before awarding the trophy to Ellie, whose main course of pan-fried sea bass with an aromatic curry sauce, onion and sweetcorn fritter and fennel-coated carrots was followed by a dessert of chocolate nadell on a feuilletine base with a raspberry coulis.

Reece, who has been working at the Holiday Inn on Hull Marina but is about to start a new job at the award-winning 1884 Dock Street Kitchen in Hull, also went for a pan-fried sea bass main course; in his case served with a crab and potato rosti, wilted spinach and a dill butter sauce. Reece’s sweet was a pistachio sponge served with strawberry and elderflower zabaglione, fresh strawberries and pistachio dust,

In addition to the Copper Saucepan trophy, Ellie received a cheque for £300, the chance to spend a day in the kitchens of Winteringham Fields Restaurant in North Lincolnshire and membership of the Chefs Guild of Great Britain.

Reece received £100, at kitchen experience day at Winteringham and membership of the Chefs Guild.