Pool Academy is on the hunt for a budding chef to win a national competition

Budding cooks are being urged to enter a national Chef of the Year 2018 competition offering a chance to meet top professionals.

Students at Pool Academy who aspire to be the next Nathan Outlaw or Mary Berry are invited to take part in the event run by Springboard FutureChef.

The first heats will take place at school on October 18 and 19 from 3pm until 4.45pm. Entrants must be aged between 12 and 16 years and are expected to cook a first course meal for judges.

Emma did well after entering a chef competition the last academic year.

Emma did well after entering a chef competition the last academic year.

There are four stages to the competition with the first taking place in school against peers. The second will be held at a nearby college against youngsters from other schools in the area. Stage three will see regional finalists cooking a two course meal for two. Then the finals will be hosted by Westminster Kingsway College, in London, judged by industry and celebrity chefs. During the finals people will be asked to cook three portions each of a two course meal including a hot main course and a hot or cold dessert.

Mrs Strana, teacher at Pool Academy, said: “I encourage anyone with a passion for cooking and baking to take part.

“The competition is a great way to boost your profile as a cook and if you reach the finals you could get to meet a top chef.

“It is a lot of fun and many students from the past who have entered have gone on to many exciting catering careers.

“All you need to do for the first heat is create a tasty, well presented, interesting main meal right here at Pool Academy.

“This is a fantastic opportunity with some prestigious prizes.

“Let’s hope we maintain our record of getting students in the local final every year.”

Anyone interested in entering are urged to talk to Mrs Strana.