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Aspiring Chef Gets Golden Ticket to the Semi-Final

Josh Tolson, Level 1 Professional Cookery student at top-performing Selby College has narrowly missed out on a place in this year’s final of The Golden Apron.

The best eight entrants were invited to compete in the semi-finals held at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School on the 5th March and asked to prepare and present a dish to a panel of judges from the school.

The competition is a favourite amongst Hospitality and Catering students at Selby College with a number of students both past and present faring well in the competition. Organised by James Mackenzie, owner and chef at The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton and in collaboration with The Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School, the competition is open to young aspiring chefs living in the Yorkshire area aged between 14 and 19 years old and aims to promote the use of locally sourced produce.

In a bid to impress the judges, Josh submitted a Yorkshire Dales lamb crown with rhubarb and rosemary crumble, creamy mashed potato, chargrilled lettuce and East Yorkshire pea puree. Each competitor was then asked to recreate a James McKenzie recipe of apple and rhubarb crumble with ginger custard to follow the main dish.

Despite missing out on a place in the final and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored for a day and cook alongside James and his team for a gala dinner, which will see around 70 guests be welcomed to dine at The Pipe and Glass, James McKenzie was full of praise for each of the semi-finalists.

James stated: “We saw so much creativity today – there’s some really great potential for the future of the industry here. At 14 or 15, I would never have been able to cook like these guy – so much talent!”

To commend each of the competitors on coming so far in the competition they each received a commemorative apron and certificate for their achievements.

Published: Wednesday 22 Mar 2017