All over the country young aspiring cooks have been taking part in the FutureChef 2010' competition and Denbigh High School student Sianika Malcolm has gone through to the regional finals.
FutureChef is a four-stage nationwide culinary programme aimed at helping young people aged 12-16 to learn to cook. The Chairman of FutureChef is celebrity chef Brian Turner MBE.
The national challenge began at the School Heat stage which took place between June and October and involved participants cooking a hot main course for two people within 60 minutes and within a budget of 4.00.
Thirteen very talented Denbigh High School students from Years 7-11 took part in this stage and cooked up a variety of mouth-watering dishes but it was Year 10 student Sianika who beat off strong opposition with her jerk chicken with honey sauce and steamed rice which took her through to the local finals.
The local finals are taking place throughout November and December and the young people have had to widen their repertoire by preparing and cooking a hot main course and hot or cold dessert for two people with a budget of 6.00.
Sianika with Headteacher and Executive Principal Dame Yasmin Bevan after winning the school heat.
Sianika has come fourth in this round and is now going to take part in the regional finals which will take place in January 2010. If she is successful in the next round then she will go through to the National Final which will take place on 22nd March at Westminster Kingsway College, London.
Participants in the National Final must prepare and cook a two-course meal, consisting of a hot main course and a hot or cold dessert for three from a specially selected basket of ingredients.
With a cooking time of two hours, these young cooks will be judged by a panel of high profile and celebrity chefs. Marks are awarded on a variety of culinary skills to include; creativity and presentation, menu balance, composition, taste and flavour and workmanship.
Teacher Janet Whilby-Clarke who ran the School Heat Stage at Denbigh said: Our pupils are amazing. They took thisextraordinary event very seriously and in sixty minutes produceda range of interesting dishes incorporating some tricky culinary skills.They should feel very proud.
Commenting on Sianika Malcolm's success Springboard Regional Coordinator Shani Leavesley said The FutureChef programme helps develop an interest in food and cooking as a life skill for young people, and also provides teachers and young people alike with a wonderful insight into what it's like to be a chef.
2010 is FutureChef's 10th birthday year, and the programme continues to grow with a record number of schools, participants and chefs involved. This year over 700 schools from throughout the UK are participating in FutureChef with thousands of young people involved in the programme.