Tasty victory for teenage chef

AN UP-and-coming teenage chef is celebrating today after coming second in the National Junior Chef final.

AN UP-and-coming teenage chef is celebrating today after coming second in the National Junior Chef final.

A Suffolk College student, Scott Sampson, of Bramblewood, in the Pinewood area of Ipswich, was one of 74 aspiring chefs to face a judging panel, which included celebrity chef Gary Rhodes.

The Stoke High School pupil is currently studying part time at the college's junior chef academy.

As reported in The Evening Star last week the 15-year-old is hoping to become a professional chef and has already secured half a day's work experience in the kitchens at The Ritz Hotel in London, after winning the regional final in the competition.

He has also already been approached by Suffolk restaurant chain Milsoms about starting an apprenticeship when he leaves school.

Scott's tutor Greg Cheeseman said: “I am extremely proud of him, he has done extremely well. It is quite an achievement.”

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The finalists gathered at Thanet College in Kent on Thursday before heading to France on Friday for the final of the competition.

Scott prepared a menu which included mouth-watering dishes such as stuffed roast chicken with wild mushroom risotto, purple sprouting broccoli and a confit of shallots, with a thyme jus. This was followed by baked apple cake with rhubarb compote and vanilla ice cream.

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