The winners of the Teflon Diamond Standard Awards 2017, sponsored by Teflon non-stick coatings, have been announced.
The initiative offers the chance for young non-professional cooks to gain recognition for their cooking ability at home and gives school and catering college students the opportunity to showcase their skills. It is open to anyone in the UK. Entrants must be over 16 and under 19
The national final of the awards was held at the Waitrose Cookery School on Finchley Road in London last Wednesday (January 25), where shortlisted finalists cooked their signature dishes for a team of judges who chose the winners.
Head judge celebrity chef Lesley Waters was joined by James Golding, chef director of The Pig Group of hotels; Jacks McDonnell, head teacher of the Lesley Waters Cookery School; Simon Boyle, founder of Beyond Food Foundation and Paul Dayman, senior Lecturer of Bournemouth & Poole College
Last year’s winner James Ganderton, who is now an apprentice at the award-winning Chewton Glen Hotel in Hampshire, also joined the judging team.
The 2017 national final winners are:
-Aspiring Student Chef Winner (16-19 years): Joe Smith, Brooksby Melton College
-Keen Home Cooks (aged 17+): Gareth Ford, Peterborough
-Keen Young Cook (13-16 years): Harriet Morgan-Barstow, Bay House School
The winning Aspiring Student Chef Joe Smith was awarded a three year Specialised Chef Scholarship to train to become a fully qualified chef.
The scholarship is divided into two categories: and full-time block release tuition at Bournemouth & Poole College, and
work-based training at one of the finest hotels or restaurants in the UK such as The Ritz, Claridge’s or The Dorchester in London; Chewton Glen Hotel, or Wiltshire’s Lucknam Park, to name just a few.
The course is arranged by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Teflon non-stick coatings, Chemours and managed by The Bournemouth & Poole College.
The Keen Home Cook winner received a bespoke cookery course weekend of their choice.
In addition, all the winners received bundles of cookware including products from sponsors NoStik, Utensa Wonderbake and Sitram.
‘Aspiring Student Chef’ winner Joe Smith with the judges