Zoe-May Tastes Success at Culinary Competition
Springboard’s FutureChef helps young people explore food and cooking as a life skill by developing their culinary talent and informing them about entry routes into the hospitality industry.
FutureChef was developed as a result of research findings into young people’s perceptions of the industry. The research revealed that young people regard chefs such as Brian Turner, Gary Rhodes and James Martin almost as highly as pop or television stars. Surprisingly, however, few genuinely considered a career as a chef!
FutureChef addresses these perceptions directly by introducing young people to cooking, helping to develop their skills, developing direct work experience in the industry and providing expert advice on the career options and entry routes available. It provides teachers and young people alike with a wonderful insight into what it’s like to be a chef and the related career opportunities.
2016 is the 16th year of Springboard’s FutureChef and has seen the four staged competition evolve into a programme which is aimed at supporting the curriculum further with on-going interventions direct from the Hospitality Industry.
Zoe-May McNeill, Year 11, jumped at the opportunity to take part in this competition. She was mentored by Fernando, the renowned head chef at the restaurant in FE McWilliams gallery, Banbridge. She thoroughly enjoyed her 2 hour long sessions in his professional kitchen. Her mouth-watering menu of chicken pibil served with quinoa and chocolate posset with salted caramel sauce went down well with the judges. She was given very positive and helpful constructive feedback on both dishes and was delighted with the outcome of her work. Zoe-May would recommend other pupils grab the opportunity to enter this next year as she thoroughly enjoyed her experience competing for Future Chef. Well done Zoe-May!