We are delighted to announce that  Benjamin Guiste and Bobbi Bergin of the academy were selected to compete in the annual Young Chef’s Awards competition hosted by Hammersmith & Fulham Council at Hammersmith & West London College.

Both students only had one day to be trained and prepped by our head chef, Ms Alexander. Benjamin finished as the Runner Up, which was a fantastic achievement considering the limited time frame available for preparation - WELL DONE!

Chef Alexander said: “I am so chuffed with the dishes they produced in front of the panel of judges on their own, and would like to congratulate them on their hard work and the amazing results they achieved in such a short space of time!”

We caught with both candidates to get their views on how the even went:

Q: How did you feel before the competition?

Bobbi: Nervous because it was a new environment

Benjamin: Very nervous

Q: What did you cook and how did you come up with the recipe?

Bobbi: Jerk, pork belly with grilled vegetables and sweet potato fries. Dessert was a Victoria sponge and tropical fruit salad. I wanted to make something with lots of great flavours.

Benjamin: Sushi and Chicken Korma – I just wanted to make something completely different and unusual.

Q: Would you enter a competition like this again?

Bobbi: Definitely

Benjamin: Yes, it was really good!

Q: Would you consider being a chef as a career option?

Bobbi: Yes, I can see myself being a chef

Benjamin: Yes, there’s pressure but it makes me want to create more

Needless to say, this has been a proud moment for not just the school, but for both students who have benefitted greatly by participating in this event.

Bobbi and Benjamin received £35 worth of gift vouchers each, to spend at Westfield, as well as a pair of beautifully crafted trophies as a token of their hard work and participation. Congratulations once again!