The Springboard Charity’s FutureChef has a new winner – 16 year-old Catrin Manning from Carmarthenshire, who won the 2018 National Final. Manning beat 11 other contestants to the coveted title, wowing the judges with her main of sea bass with textures of bassica and chilli dressing, followed by a crème brulee with butter shortbread and a vanilla and balsamic dressing for dessert.
Manning said: “I’m absolutely speechless, I just can’t believe it! I’m so happy. I practice whenever I can – when I’ve got a fish I’ll fillet it, just to practice elements, just to make sure I did the best I could today.”
Brian Turner CBE, who has been involved since the competition’s inception, added: “There are two reasons why we need FutureChef. The first is that there isn’t nearly enough domestic science and food tech being taught today, so young people aren’t learning the basic skills of cooking that sustain their way of living. Second, it encourages people to develop their skills and enter into the industry.”
The programme is supported by multiple industry names, including the Worshipful Company of Chefs, Compass Group, Sodexo, BaxterStorey, and Nestlé, to name just a few.