James Mackenzie invites young chefs to enter Golden Apron 2015

21 September 2015 by
James Mackenzie invites young chefs to enter Golden Apron 2015

Georgie Smithson-Brown and James Mackenzie

James Mackenzie, chef at the Pipe and Glass Inn in Yorkshire, is inviting chefs to compete for the title of the Golden Apron 2015.

Mackenzie, chef at one of the region's six Michelin-starred restaurants, has teamed up with the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and farming company JSR to invite young chefs to enter the contest, with three finalists invited to cook alongside him in the pub's kitchen.

The winner will then be given a work placement with food supplier Cranswick, working with its new product development team on the Asda supermarket account.

The Golden Apron title is open to chefs aged 14-19 who are living in Yorkshire. Chefs are invited to submit a dish using locally-sourced pork as a core ingredient, working within a timeframe of two hours, and a budget of £10 for two servings.

The best eight will then be invited to the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School on 24 October, and asked to cook for a panel of judges from the school, as well as sponsors, and Mackenzie himself. They will be asked to prepare their own dish in the morning, and a dish for Mackenzie in the afternoon.

The best three from this group will then be mentored for a day at the Pipe and Glass Inn, and asked to cook alongside Mackenzie and his team for a gala dinner, with each finalist asked to prepare three starter-sized main course dishes for 70 guests. The winner will be named as the Golden Apron 2015.

Last year's winner was Georgie Smithson-Brown, then aged 14, from Hornsea.

Smithson-Brown encouraged all young chefs in Yorkshire to apply. She said: "My love of food and confidence to create new dishes has grown as a result of being involved in the competition. Working alongside James Mackenzie was the icing on the cake."

Mackenzie added: "This is a great opportunity for youngsters across the county to work with some great local produce and show what can be achieved."

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