Food scholar takes runner up in FutureChef local finals

Posted In Creative, Food

At the beginning of December, two Year 11 food scholars competed in the Springboard FutureChef School Heats competition, a cooking challenge aiming to get young people involved in the culinary arts. Thomas Hatfield came runner up and Taylor-Mae Muller won the competition, progressing her to the local final in Hastings where she joined six other contestants to try and win a place at the regional final.

The standard was incredibly high and for Taylor-Mae, like many, this was her first experience of being in a professional catering kitchen. Taylor-Mae chose to make pork tenderloin with an apricot glaze, couscous, butternut squash, sage and chargrilled asparagus followed by pear tarte tatin with clotted cream. Her performance on the day mimicked the likes of a Masterchef episode as it challenged her to use new equipment in a strange environment. In true Bethany style Taylor-Mae persisted, and even though her pastry didn’t cook, the judges were most impressed with her food which earned her runner up in the competition.

Lead Teacher of Food & Nutrition Studies, Liz MacRae, said: “I am so pleased that Taylor-Mae was the runner up in this heat. She gained invaluable experience and had very positive feedback from the judges who admitted that it was a very closely run contest between her and the winner.”

The Springboard Futurechef competition is comprised of four stages and we are delighted that Taylor-Mae reached the local finals. To be part of the competition has been a valuable experience for our food scholars and the judges were most impressed that Taylor-Mae plans to continue her food education at the prestigious Westminster Kingsway in September.