Rising star Ellie Tuttle became the first-ever female winner of the Copper Saucepan Apprentice Chef of the Year competition, held at the Beverley Food Festival.
Going head to head with fellow finalist Reece Brady-Temple, the two young chefs were challenged to cook a two course meal in just 30 minutes.
Judges described it as an extremely close decision before awarding the trophy to Ellie, whose main course of pan-fried sea bass with an aromatic curry sauce, onion and sweetcorn fritter and fennel-coated carrots was followed by a dessert of chocolate nadell on a feuilletine base with a raspberry coulis.
Reece, who has been working at the Holiday Inn on Hull Marina but is about to start a new job at the award-winning 1884 Dock Street Kitchen in Hull, also went for a pan-fried sea bass main course; in his case served with a crab and potato rosti, wilted spinach and a dill butter sauce. Reece’s sweet was a pistachio sponge served with strawberry and elderflower zabaglione, fresh strawberries and pistachio dust,
In addition to the Copper Saucepan trophy, Ellie received a cheque for £300, the chance to spend a day in the kitchens of Winteringham Fields Restaurant in North Lincolnshire and membership of the Chefs Guild of Great Britain.
Reece received £100, at kitchen experience day at Winteringham and membership of the Chefs Guild.
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