A teenage chef has shown she is game for a cookery challenge after coming runner-up in the local final of a national competition.
After beating off competition from eight fellow students at Caistor Grammar School to win the school heat of FutureChef 2013, 13-year-old Rosie Pettinger travelled to Stamford to face a fresh challenge.
And that challenge was to cook a hot main course and a dessert for two on a budget of just £7.
“It was quite a challenge,” said Rosie,” but I enjoyed the day and learnt a lot from the other people and got some good tips from the judges.”
At the final, Rosie was cooking against five other aspiring chefs in the industry standard kitchens at New College, under the watchful gaze of a judging panel of industry professionals.
Rosie was supported and mentored by the school’s catering manager Amanda Gould to come up with a menu for the final.
Embracing the rural Lincolnshire surroundings of the school, Rosie chose to create a main course of pheasant stuffed with apricots and stilton, served with seasonal vegetables.
And for dessert, she served up a delicious chocolate fondant with sugar baskets.
“After discussing things with Mrs Gould, we came up with a menu that would show cooking skill, but one that would not be too time consuming,” added Rosie, who says she has always been interested in cooking.
“I have cooked for the family, but have got more seriously into cooking at school.
“Cooking is something I enjoy and I would consider it as a career.
“And I will certainly be entering the FutureChef competition again.”
Now in its 13th year, FutureChef, organised by the charity Springboard, is the biggest cooking challenge for 12-16 year olds and helps young people explore food and cooking as a life skill.
To find out more log on to http://futurechef.uk.net/