Winner Grace Goodwin (Holmfirth High), second place was Emily Kemshell (Horbury Academy) and third was Maria Maratu (Westborough High School).

Sweet success for school chefs

Young aspiring chefs from schools across West Yorkshire enjoyed the sweet smell of success in a cooking competition at Kirklees College.

The annual Young Chef of the Year Competition took place in the training kitchens and Landings 72 restaurant at the college’s Huddersfield Centre.

The competition was open to school pupils aged 14-16 from throughout West Yorkshire.


The six finalists took part in a technical challenge where they all made baked egg custards, and then battled to create a show-stopping dessert in under two hours.


The winner was Grace Goodwin (Holmfirth High), second place was Emily Kemshell (Horbury Academy) and third was Maria Maratu (Westborough High School). Winner of the technical challenge was Ashleigh Briggs (Royds Hall Community School).


Judges were Anthony Hegney - founder and director of Asparagus Green Outside Catering and Sally Russum - director of Russums catering supplies.


Sally Russum said: “It’s a great competition. The young chefs were of such a high standard and showed impressive levels of professionalism and creativity in their desserts. It is a pleasure to support both the young people, and the college.”


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Finalists were:

Ashleigh Briggs, year 9, Royds Hall High, Lemon cheesecake with a raspberry coulis

Jordan Hoyle, year 10, Brian Jackson College, Toffee Cheesecake Supreme 

Maria Maratu, year 9, Westborough High School, Tosca

Samantha Kershaw, year 10, Horbury Academy, Mini lemon meringue pie with raspberry coulis

Grace Goodwin, year 11, Holmfirth High School, Raspberry infused chocolate brownie with raspberry coulis

Maisie Bamforth, year 10, Colne Valley High School, White chocolate and raspberry baked cheesecake with raspberry coulis

Emily Kemshell, year 10, Horbury Academy, Summer Bakewell tarts with mixed berry coulis

Soha Khaliq, year 10, Salendine Nook High School, Chocolate dome surprise







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·         Ofsted Good rating - April 2018

·         Second highest achievement rates of any general Further Education college in West Yorkshire for full-time students aged 16-18.

·         We train approximately 2,000 apprentices over 30 occupational areas. Our apprentices are employed at over 1,000 companies throughout West Yorkshire. 

·         Silver TEF Award for teaching quality and student outcomes for Higher Education courses.

·         90% pass rate in 2017/18.

·         Official education and training partner of Huddersfield Town.

·         TES FE Award winner 2018 – Support for Students

·         ABC Awards Showcase Status – Counselling

·         The college boasts specialist vocational centres, including Engineering Centre, Process Manufacturing Centre, Taylor Hill Centre for animal care, Hargate Hill Equestrian Centre and Brunel Construction Centre (Huddersfield).

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