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Young Chef and Masterchef Competition 2013 Launch


The 2013 Taste of Staffordshire Masterchef and Young Chef of Tomorrow competition has been officially launched, giving chefs from around the county the opportunity to win the title.

The annual competition invites professional chefs, aged 21 and upwards and budding young chefs, aged between 16-21, to submit menus for a three course meal within a budget of £20, which must prepared in under two hours and use seasonal Staffordshire ingredients.

The official launch ceremony at Stafford College saw finalists from last year’s competition showcase their culinary skills in a live cook-off which celebrated the famous Staffordshire oatcake.

Ruby Rainey from Keele Hall Restaurant, Keele University, who was crowned Young Chef Winner 2012, battled it out along with other finalists, Jeff Thomas, Daniel Smith, Sean Sleigh and Rosanna Moseley to create the tastiest filling for the popular Staffordshire snack using delicious oatcakes kindly provided by Foley Oatcakes located in Fenton.

The unique, creative sweet and savoury dishes were whipped up in an impressive 30 minutes and served to the judging panel on plates supplied by Churchill China based in Stoke-on-Trent.

Once all the dishes had been tasted the votes were counted and it was Sean Sleigh from Burton & South Derbyshire College, Burton upon Trent who wowed the judges with his impressive savoury and sweet oatcake fillings.

Taste of Staffordshire patron and This Morning regular, Sarah Willingham, said of the competition: “It is great that last year’s finalists have returned to show their support for this year’s competitors, and their appreciation for how the competition has benefitted their careers.

“It is extremely important that we celebrate the county’s talented chefs and this competition is a fantastic way to do this. The positive impact that winning the competition can have on a chef’s career is invaluable.”

The winner of the coveted Masterchef award will win £700, whilst the Young Chef of Tomorrow will win £250 and a once-in-a-lifetime weeks work placement at a Michelin-star restaurant. Both will also receive annual membership of the British Culinary Federation and a commemorative silver salver.


The Taste of Staffordshire Masterchef and Young Chef of Tomorrow competition was launched in 2005, and aims to raise standards within the Staffordshire hospitality industry, as well as rewarding inspiring individuals who have an overwhelming passion for quality gastronomy.

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