King’s FutureChef

FutureChef competition winner Megan Shingler

On Thursday 29 November, Year 9 Food student, Megan Shingler travelled down to Middlesbrough College to take part in the local final of FutureChef, organised by Springboard and judged by industry chefs.

There are four stages to this competition; stage 1, school heats organised by the Academy Food department. Stage 2, local finals organised by Springboard. Stage 3, Regional finals and Stage 4 National finals hosted by Westminster Kingsway College, and judged by industry and celebrity chefs.

In the local final, participants had to cook a two course meal for two people (hot main course and a hot or cold dessert) keeping to a budget of £7. They were then marked against specified judging criteria. The winner of this final progresses to stage 3 Regional finals, where they receive the support of an industry mentor.

Megan’s main dish was a healthy interpretation of the local delicacy ‘Chicken Parmesan’ and was served with a beetroot salad. The judges commented on her excellent organisation and calm approach. Her ginger and lemon cheesecake dessert was both beautiful and delicious. She beat off stiff competition from other competitors across the local area, some significantly older than her and was successful in winning the local final.

Megan will now represent the North East of England in the Regional Final of FutureChef at Sheffield Hallam University on 23 January 2019.

Mrs Connor, Megan’s Food teacher, told us: ‘FutureChef engages over 12,000 students from across 600 schools and culminates in a National Final at Westminster Kingsway College where winners of the 12 regions go head to head. To reach the regional final is a great achievement and we are so proud of her.’