Springboard Future Chef Winner 2018
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Catrin Manning, a Llandovery girl and a pupil at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr has just won a Young Chef competition which started with 12,000 competitors from all over the United Kingdom. An organisation called Springboard are the competition organisers and their raison d'etre is to celebrate culinary talent and inspire them to further their careers at the highest possible level. The organisation's chairman is Brian Turner, a well known TV chef and he was one of ten adjudicators, which included David Mulcahy, Food Development and Innovation Director at Sodexo UK, Rick Stein, Restaurateur, Author and Presenter and Steve Munkley, Head Chef at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London.
In the final competition Catrin had to travel to Westminster College, London together with her cookery teacher, Mrs Doreen Martin and David Vale from Valans Restaurant, Llandybie. Following a lavish dinner on Sunday night Catrin then had to prepare a meal for the adjudicators. About mid-afternoon on Monday the 12th of March a phone call came to Ysgol Bro Dinefwr informing us that Catrin had won and there were hoots of joy. Catrin would obviously want to thank Mrs Doreen Martin and David Vale for all the support, assistance and advice they have given her.
And what was the prize? Catrin and her family will visit the Henley Regatta and Catrin will be allowed to assist the head chefs of Sodexo in the preparation of lunch and in the afternoon they will be allowed to enjoy all that the Henley Regatta has to offer. The school will also receive a monetary prize and David will be given a plaque to add to his collection on the walls of Valans Restaurant Llandybie.
But the biggest prize of all, Catrin has already received an offer of work at one of the best restaurants in London!!!