Jan Mitman (centre) is pictured with fellow judge Ann Brewster with, from the left, winner Kelsie Gough, Annie Pitts, Scott Hunter, Monica Watts and Robin Foster.
Drain Doctor Plumbing has sponsored a competition organised by the Huntingdonshire Rotary Club to find its Young Chef of the Year.
Students from Hinchingbrooke and St Peter’s Schools in Huntingdon showed off their culinary skills to competition judges Jan Mitman, franchise sales director at Drain Doctor, and Ann Brewster.
The five teenage contestants were asked to prepare a healthy and economical meal in 90 minutes, which were then subjected to a taste test by the judges. Jan Mitman said: “The standard of cooking was high and we were impressed with the dishes that were prepared. Although they were simple ones they were very tasty. Finding the eventual winner proved to be no easy task.
“Drain Doctor is delighted to continue to be involved in this event. With so many celebrity chefs in the public eye cooking is becoming very popular. Students see what can be achieved and want to prepare more than just fast food. We are pleased to be able to help them realise their ambitions.”
First place went to St Peter’s School student Kelsie Gough, who now goes forward to compete at district level against students from Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire. The district winner moves on to compete in the national finals, the winner of which will be crowned as one of the best aspiring chefs in the country.
Jan Mitman added: “Last year the national competition was judged by Jamie Oliver who is always full of encouragement for young newcomers to cooking. Part of the Drain Doctor ethos is to work hard and aim high and that is the message that this competition gets across.
“Congratulations to Kelsie who has progressed to the district competition and has something higher to aim for. I wish her and the other students well for the future as they progress.”
Involvement in the competition highlights Drain Doctor’s services to the catering industry. The company offers a national grease trap cleaning and replacement service to hotels, bars, pubs and restaurants across the UK. Not only that, Drain Doctor’s products include a specialist drain unblocking enzyme which delivers a sustainable alternative to traditional chemical cleaning products.