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Matthew Evans (centre), a South Cheshire College Hospitality and Catering student won the Young Chef Competition, judged by MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace.
South Cheshire College Catering Student Crowned Masterchef
Published: May 3, 2017

A South Cheshire College Hospitality and Catering student won the Young Chef Competition, judged by MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace.


Matthew Evans won the three-stage competition which began in January, against 12 other competitors from South and West Cheshire College.


Chef Brian Mellor and Taste Cheshire’s Lisa Edwards and Briony Wilson judged the first two rounds of the competition, where four finalists were chosen to cook their dish at Chester’s Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival.


Finalists had 45 minutes to prepare and present their dish in the demonstration theatre in front of over 300 spectators during commentary from Gregg Wallace.


Candidates were judged on a series of categories including skills used during cooking, complexity of the dish, attention to detail when cooking, uniformity of the dishes and overall taste and balance.


Matthew Evans was crowned winner for his dish of Chicken wrapped in Parma Ham stuffed with Red Peppers.


All four finalists competing for the winning title study at the new merged FE College for Cheshire.  Catering students Richard Postles and James Higgins and winner Matthew Evans all attend South Cheshire College and the forth finalist, Melissa Brown, is from West Cheshire College.  South and West Cheshire College merged to form a new FE College for Cheshire at the end of March this year.


Young Chef Competition winner, Matthew Evans, was overwhelmed to be named winner by Gregg Wallace at the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival.


Former Ruskin Community High School pupil, Matthew Evans, said: “I really want to thank my tutors and all of my family who have come today to support me.  My tutors have helped me such a lot throughout the competition, guiding me on what to improve on and how to go into this final.


Gregg Wallace publicly praised the standard of the cooking from all four finalists.  He said: “If this is the future of catering in Britain, we are in very safe hands.  When choosing a winner, it comes down to what was the most delicious dish and what would you want to eat again and again.


“There is one chef here that really does understand what the public wants to eat – well done Matthew Evans!”


Hospitality and Catering lecturer, Shane Guildford, said: “Such a lot of effort goes into a competition like this, with weeks of preparation and looking at how to improve the dish.


“It was clear how fierce the competition was on the day of the final, as all four dishes were so well presented and tasted so good.  For this reason I want to congratulate all four finalists and in particular Matthew who worked hard to perfect his dish.  It was a brilliant experience for all the young chefs throughout the competition.”



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