Unasia Hussein picking up her award

Tuesday 15th June saw the final for @thechefsforum, Young Pastry Chef of the Year, 2021 being staged at @westlondoncol in Hammersmith. Unasia Hussein (17), Patisserie and Confectionary Diploma Level 3 student at @LeicesterColl wins Young Pastry Chef of the Year! 

Over the Spring bank-holiday weekend, our panel of expert judges virtually-marked the entries from twenty semi-finalists, competing from colleges across the UK.

These were then whittled down to eight finalists who all travelled to London to compete against their peers in the final.

The atmosphere was electric as the eight young finalists arrived at the college to compete head-to-head, each creating their own entremet concept, live in a competition environment.

The challenge required the students to produce a chocolate-inspired entremet consisting of at least four layers, using a chosen chocolate from a range of five, carefully selected and supplied by sponsors Valrhona.

The winning student was Unasia Hussein (17), Patisserie and Confectionary Diploma Level 3 student at Leicester College with her ‘Tropical Entremet’ incorporating Valrhona white Opalys chocolate, passion fruit, mango and coconut.

Unasia said

This is the first competition I have ever entered and to win it is absolutely incredible.  It has been an honour to be a part of this competition, especially being a finalist. It was a difficult challenge as all of the other finalists were brilliant and produced some spectacular entremets despite tough conditions and to have won against such strong competitors feels really special. I’m also extremely happy to receive a KitchenAid stand mixer from Mitchell & Cooper, as I have always wanted one and can’t wait to start using it!”

Unasia’s lecturer, Dan Murphy was delighted to have accompanied her to the final, he said

“This is a fantastic achievement, and I am so very proud of Unasia.  It was great to share her success with her family who came with us today. The competition was really inspirational, extremely well-organised and a wonderful experience for all involved.  It was great to visit West London College and meet students and teaching peers from other colleges – I am really excited for Unasia and the world class culinary journey ahead of her as she embarks upon her rotational stage across the judges’ kitchens.”

The standard of the entries was impressive, and the creativity shown by the students was amazing. The consideration of textures and flavours showed great imagination and careful thought in terms of the eating experience.

Chair of judges, Jamie Houghton of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and President of the UK Pastry Team said:

“The students were absolutely amazing today and the standard of work was sensational.  There could only be one winner, however all eight finalists will embark on a rotational stage around the judges’ kitchens to give them the best opportunity of showcasing their skills and acquiring new ones from the best pastry chef talent in the country.  I just want to say a huge thank you to everybody who entered and supported the competition and very much look forward to accompanying our winner, Unasia Hussein to Valrhona HQ in France as her prize once restrictions are lifted – She has a very bright future ahead of her I’m sure.”

Neil Rippington, Director of Education at The Chefs’ Forum said:

“Supporting Jamie and the team of judges was a pleasure. I was enthused by the number and standard of entries; it shows what great talent we have in colleges throughout the UK. The competition to celebrated this absolutely and showcased the career potential in such a creative and rewarding profession. At a time when the chef shortage is being cited on social media every day, it is crucial that we nurture and encourage young chefs and help them be the best they can possibly be.  This is the way to solve the chef shortage and it is wonderfully supportive lecturers like all those who attended today that will make a massive difference to students’ career prospects.  The sense of pride resonated through the whole day which was an extremely positive and well-needed lifter after a very difficult year.”

The judges were thrilled and inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication shown by the students. The judges commented on how difficult it was to select eight to go through from so many high-quality entries, but this is the nature of competition.

Great thanks and appreciation go out to the judges for their contributions and time invested in the competition. They really enjoyed tasting the finished products, as well as analysing the skills and techniques used.

The Judges

  • Jamie Houghton – Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and President of the UK Pastry Team
  • Luke Frost – Valrhona
  • Chris Underwood – Belmond Cadogan Hotel
  • Thibault Hauchard- Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
  • Michael Kwan – Hotel Café Royal
  • Daniel Pearse – The Savoy

Catherine Farinha, Director and Founder of The Chefs’ Forum concluded:

“I am really pleased that the competition was taken so seriously by the students and the colleges. The finished entries were way beyond expectation and the quality of the students’ work was outstanding and extremely well thought through. I very much look forward to making this an annual competition and the feedback received from the lecturers, judges and students on the organisation and execution of the event has been overwhelmingly positive – A brilliant team effort to support the pastry sector within our industry.”

Photography by Bokeh 8.

 
 

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