Ben’s Starter for Ten (it was Forty Five actually!)
Doncaster College Catering student Ben Cooke has won the
title of Yorkshire's Young Chef of the Year at the 'Great Yorkshire
The event, hosted at the Crown Inn at Great Ouseburn in North
Yorkshire, highlighted the work of three colleges, which had been
chosen from all the colleges throughout Yorkshire. Each college was
asked to put forward two students' three course menus and the
judges chose a starter, main and dessert from all the entries.
Ben, who is 18 and from Rossington near Doncaster, had his
starter chosen to serve to the forty-five diners who attended the
The dish consisted of Fillet of Sea Bass served with Baby
Watercress, Shaved Asparagus, Pickled Radish with Homemade
Piccalilli and Mustard Emulsion.
Ben’s winning dish was chosen out of all the entries by head
chef Paul Jackson, who looked at how the students had performed in
the kitchen, The diners, who on the evening marked the dishes from
one to ten, and a panel of judges who included Industry expert John
Moorhouse, Yorkshire Life’s Food and Drink Consultant Annie Stirk,
Yorkshire Post’s Food Writer Catherine Scott, and editor and
Yorkshire Post contributor Amanda Wragg.
The evening was rounded off with an Auction and over a thousand
pounds was collected for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
As well as taking home prizes such as a set of professional
cooking knifes and signed cookbooks; Ben has also been offered work
experience at the Crown Inn, which was Yorkshire’s Pub of the Year
Ben said, "Winning was the best bit, I put in hours of practice
with my lecturers and fellow student Thomas Bracha, when they said
my name I felt such pride. When your dish gets picked it makes all
the hard work worthwhile."
Ben has just completed his course of Advanced Professional
Cookery Level 2 and will be returning to the College next year to
complete Level 3