A budding chef is looking to the future after taking part in semi-finals of a Chef of the Year competition

A Pool Academy student is looking to the future after taking part in the South West Chef of the Year semi-finals.

Emma Green created a Cornish Trio Seafood Platter for the Junior Class of the competition last week (June 27).

She competed against students aged 11 to 16 years from other school across the South West for the top prize - work experience with two Michelin-starred Chef David Everitt-Matthias in the kitchen of Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham.

Mrs Strana, Food Tech and Nutrition teacher at Pool Academy, went along to support Emma at Cornwall College during the competition.

She said the Year 9 student enjoyed the event and did very well but was pipped to the post by another contestant.

Sarah Green, Emma’s mother, said: “I was so proud of her. A lot of the competitors were older than her.

“Emma didn’t get through but she did fantastic. She got a hug from Stephane Delourme, the Head Chef at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, who said she did fantastic.

“Mark Devonshire the Chef Lecturer at Cornwall College said he would love to see her on a Saturday at the college so he could teach her.

“It was really good.

“She was happy and got really good feedback.

“I am really proud of her.”

During the competition Emma created the dish with crab linguine and wild garlic, scallops and seaweed, mussels with a white wine reduction and tomato.

Her menu was inspired by Cornwall and local produce. Before the competition she had studied a number of different menus to find the best ingredients.

Emma said she had been practicing the dish at home and at school before the competition.

The youngster, who has been cooking and baking since she was five years old, said: “I like cooking. I have always liked it. It is something I would like to get into when I’m older. “

Mrs Strana, said Emma had taken care to source her recipe.

Phil Jones