Chloe Friend, a VRQ Level 2 student from City College, Norwich has won a coveted four-day placement at River Cottage HQ at the inaugural Foster Refrigerator Chef of Tomorrow competition.
The results announced yesterday following the final held at City College followed a series of heats that saw more than 35 young chefs from across the region take part.
During the final, finalists created innovative main course and dessert dishes within 1.5 hours, which were graded on taste and appearance and were awarded extra points for using sustainable, local products; all within a tight budget of just £10.
Tim Maddams, head chef at River Cottage and judge, was impressed with Friend's menu of corn-fed chicken with asparagus tips and morel vin-juane and a chocolate Norfolk Strawberry fondant dessert.
Maddams said: "All the entrants cooked really well and I have been truly impressed with the quality of cooking on show; but Chloe really shone. The produce she selected showed-off Norfolk's best, and showed us a lot about her talent as a chef."
"This was a great opportunity for us to give something back to the industry and to be a part of developing new talent," said Laura Kirk, head of marketing at Foster.
"It is right to support our local colleges, but we certainly hope to roll this out as a national competition in years to come. The depth of talent and quality which we have seen is truly impressive and we believe that this competition will serve the students very well in starting out in their careers."
City College will be presented with up to £2,000 of Foster Refrigerator equipment for their college as part of the winning prize.