Budding young chefs sweep the board

Super chefs: Sam Jordan, front left, with Kimberley Allen, right, and some of the students from the College of West Anglia who won a cake-making competition in London. ANL-141103-162800001
Super chefs: Sam Jordan, front left, with Kimberley Allen, right, and some of the students from the College of West Anglia who won a cake-making competition in London. ANL-141103-162800001
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The College of West Anglia swept the board in two top competitions for budding chefs.

Sam Jordan (17), from Wisbech, won the district final of the Rotary Young Chef competition at Suffolk One College in Ipswich, beating six other young chefs.

Sam cooked a three-course meal in two hours, with a starter of pea soup with pan fried sea bream and poached quail egg, a main course of Peking duck breast with herbed crust, spinach purée, sweet pepper oil and confit of shallots and a dessert of Zabaglione (an Italian custard) with poached peaches, apricot puree and amaretti biscuits.

While Sam was achieving success in Ipswich, ten of his colleagues were on the winning trail in London.

They took the first three places, with the other seven earning medals in a cake-making competition staged at West Kingsway College, London.

It is the second time in three years students from the College of West Anglia have won the competition, which is organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs.

Winner was Kimberley Allen (17), from Narborough, with Sarah Chamberlain (19), from Clenchwarton, second and Laura Vincent (16), from Dereham, third. They received a medal and certificate.

Sam’s win at Suffolk One College put his through to the regional final of Young Chef, held in London at the weekend, but he sadly missed out on another win, which would have taken him to the national final in Dundee next month.

Sam’s three course meal was a pea soup starter with pan-fried bream and poached quail egg; main was Peking duck breast with a salsa, with a dessert of poached peach and Zabaglione (an Italian custard).

But Sam was philosophical and said: “It was a good experience for me.”

Sam is a hospitality student at the King’s Lynn campus of the College of West Anglia, in his second year of a Level 2 Professional Cookery course.