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Young chefs face Beverley challenge

Seven of the area’s top young chefs, including Amy Gash of Cerutti 2 in Beverley,  will be going head-to-head in a cook-off at Beverley’s East Riding College on Monday (August 20) for a place in the final of the coveted Golden Saucepan competition, which is one of the highlights of the annual Beverley Food Festival.

The competition is organised by the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitality Association and judges include Beverley FM presenter Roy Woodcock.

Amy and her fellow six semi-finalists are tasked with cooking a three-course menu in just two hours in the kitchens of the Beverley college. They will be judged on flair, skill and presentation and the use of local ingredients, wherever possible. Either the starter or main course must feature fish, seafood or local pork.

The top two on the day will then be invited to cook a two-course meal in 40 minutes in the food theatre at the Beverley Food Festival on Sunday October 7th.

The competition, now in its 12th year, is a showcase for chefs who have worked in the industry for four years or less. As well as the Copper Saucepan trophy and cash prizes for the winner of £350 and £150 for the runner up, both will also have a day in the kitchen at the award-winning Winteringham Fields.