Finalist in The UCB Young Chef of the year competition

Well done to Tayiba who made it through to the UCB Young Chef of the year competition on Saturday the 20th January.

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers has launched a new partnership with University College Birmingham to find the Young Chef of the Year 2018.

The competition for pupils aged 14 to 16 is being supported by the federation through its brand Maple Products from Quebec.

Young cooks in Years 10 and 11 have to submit two dishes – a hot main course and a hot, or cold, dessert – as part of an initial online entry. The pupils with the best menus, for which the budget is £10, will be invited to take part in cook-offs at University College Birmingham (UCB).

In a further test of their creativity and skills, competitors have to include 100% pure Canadian maple syrup as a key ingredient in one of their two dishes.

David Colcombe, UK chef ambassador for the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, will help judge the entries with UCB’s Culinary Team and join the judges for the cook-offs. The competition culminates in the grand final at UCB’s College of Food on January 20, 2018, when the budget is increased to £15.


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