Bright Young Thing - Alice Browning from Rochester
PUBLISHED: 08:10 12 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:53 20 February 2013
The Kent Young Chef of the Year 2011 will be wowing diners at Woods Restaurant at a charity dinner on 19 January
Bright Young Thing - Alice Browning
Tell us about yourself
My name is Alice Browning, Im 14 and I currently live in Rochester with my mum, dad, sister, Minnie and our dog Bravo. I have recently moved schools from St. John Fisher Catholic School to Walderslade Girls School to study food tech as it will help me reach my future job if I have the right GCSEs.
I have been lucky enough to be a finalist in the Kent Young Chef Awards in all three years that the competition has been running (2009, 2010 and 2011). In 2009 I created a dish of Romney Marsh lamb with chocolate peppermint sauce, served with carrots and potatoes. In 2010 the next dish I created was pigeon with an apple and potato rosti, pumpkin pure and blackberry sauce and my latest creation was tea-smoked quail glazed with an apricot and ginger sauce, with braised lentils and a pasta, purple sprouting and celeriac pure stack.
In 2009 I won as a junior and in 2010 I was a runner up in the junior category and on 25 November 2011, I won again, but this time in the senior category. From this competition I have gained three fantastic days of work experience in a professional restaurant and a contact with Kent celebrity chef named Richard Phillips. I would quite happily advise anyone to enter.
What are you doing now?
At the moment Im studying for my GCSEs at school and in my spare time I think of recipes to enter into the Kent Young Chef Award. When Im not doing my homework I enjoy watching Masterchef. I find cooking relaxing and so I often make cupcackes just for fun!
Your future ambitions?
In the future I wish to be working for chef Richard Phillips in one of his four restaurants in Kent, The Hengist, Thackerays, Chapel Down and his new pub in Whitstable, The Pearsons Arms. It would also be incredible to enter and win professional Masterchef as I watch all the series and would love to be put to the test with such high expectations and standards.
And after completing these two dreams in the future I would love the opportunity to own my own restaurant as then I could share my food with everyone that dines in my restaurant.
Whats best about Kent?
I find that the best thing about living in Kent is all the amazing places to visit, from the many country parks to the beaches and museums and restaurants. Its lovely to be able to share Kent with all my friends and take part in everything that Kent has to offer for the young and teen generation that live here.
What are your hobbies and interests?
As well as being a budding young chef I love to have fun and explore the Kentish countryside. I also ride my bike and watch Le Tour de France that we see on TV in July every year. I also can play the flute - but not to a very high level!
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read that I thoroughly enjoyed reading had to be I was Jane Austens Best Friend by Cora Harrison. It is a diary styled book about Jane Austens life but told from the view of her best friend. It is a truly great Victorian romance.
To book a place at the charity dinner on 19 January at Woods Restaurant, Tunbridge Wells, call 018892 614411. Tickets are 25 and for every ticket sold, Woods will make a donation to Hospice in the Weald, Kent Lifes charity of the year