CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe for £25 today CLICK HERE

Kent Young Chefs of the Year

PUBLISHED: 16:25 24 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:20 20 February 2013

Kent Young Chefs of the Year

Kent Young Chefs of the Year

Thomas Perkins and Steven Yap cook their way to victory

Kent Young Chefs of the Year


The Produced in Kent initiative to find the countys most talented budding chefs, and get Kents young people cooking with local and seasonal ingredients, sizzled to an exciting conclusion as Thomas Perkins and Steven Yap lifted the Junior and Senior Kent Young Chef Award 2010 trophies at the electric Live Cook Off before Christmas at Thanet College.


With the competition sponsored by Hadlow College, kff (Kent Frozen Foods) and Woods Restaurant, Produce Store & Bars of Tunbridge Wells, it was the youngest competitor in the finals,11-year-old Thomas Perkins of Holmesdale Technology College, in Snodland, who won the Junior title for his original Gamekeepers Supper, made with pheasant caught locally by Thomass gamekeeper father.


Steven Yap, 16, of The New School at West Heath, won the Senior trophy with his technically outstanding ballotine of guinea fowl and duxelle stuffing with spinach tagliatelle, chestnut pure, mushrooms and bacon.


The eight competitors cooked up their dishes in front of a live audience and the judging panel including celebrity chef Richard Phillips, Claire Wood head chef at Woods Restaurant; as well as Thanet College lecturer Sue George.


As part of their prize all eight finalists will visit one of Richard Phillips three restaurants in Kent (Richard Phillips at Chapel Down, The Hengist and Thackerays) to experience a taster day as a real chef.

More from Food & Drink

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

'Kent, sir, everyone knows Kent. Apples, cherries, hops and women,' proclaims a character in Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers. We have gathered some traditional dishes from around the county that were borne of the fruitful orchards and seas of Kent

Read more

One of the many things we excel at is afternoon tea, and in Kent there are few finer settings than Eastwell Manor

Read more

The story of Chapter One continues to evolve under the expert touch of executive chef-patron Andrew McLeish

Read more

Meet the young man determined to take his family's fruit and cobnut farm into the future

Read more
Thursday, October 24, 2019

After a long nomination and judging process we can reveal the finalists for the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2019 taking place at the Ashford International Hotel on November 28

Read more
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Wine Garden of England Festival is taking place at Rochester Cathedral in November, in celebration of the fact that some of the finest tipples can be found right here in Kent

Read more
Thursday, October 10, 2019

The chef-patron of Chapter One, Andy McLeish, on an old family favourite, pumpkin pie

Read more

The Best Western combines Victorian detail with modern convenience and offers a cracking steak house too

Read more
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

From Creole-inspired seafood to rustic Italian dishes, Margate is rapidly becoming one of Kent's top places to eat. We've gathered 10 of the best places to eat in the town

Read more
Friday, August 30, 2019

No Sunday is complete without a roast dinner, and in the glorious county of Kent you'll be spoilt for choice with fantastic places to go. We have picked 12 great places where you can indulge in a roast with all the trimmings

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search

Most Read

Latest from the Kent Life