Talented young chef wins through to finals of regional cooking competition

Published: 26/06/2014

An up-and-coming young chef from Drewton’s Farm Shop near South Cave has won through to the finals of a high profile, professional cooking competition after wowing the judges with his ambitious three-course menu.

Kris Whitehand (18) joined Drewton’s Farm Shop two years ago as an apprentice, gaining experience and developing his skills under the watchful eye of head chef Adam Banks. Last week he was named one of two remaining finalists in the Hull and East Yorkshire Copper Saucepan Award, an annual competition for apprentice chefs that’s now in its eighth year. The contest aims to showcase the region's most talented young chefs, and entrants were asked to design and create a three-course menu that made use of fresh local produce. A cook-off took place at Hull College on Thursday and a panel of judges sampled the menus on offer to decide who would go through to the final cooking challenge, which will take place at Beverley Food Festival in October.

To secure his place in the final, Kris delivered an ambitious three-course menu of Drewton Estate courgette flower with a mousse of Staal’s Smokehouse smoked mackerel and Lowna Dairy goats’ cheese, hand-picked Drewton Estate fresh peas, broad beans and baby carrots, served with a Yorkshire Rapeseed oil, parsley and spinach purée. This was followed by Saddle of East Yorkshire Heywood lamb, and a pulled lamb Dales potato rosti, served on a black garlic purée with braised balsamic onions, East Riding Honey glazed carrots, Drewton Estate redcurrant jus and candied mint leaves. To round off the meal, Kris prepared Vanilla cheesecake with a Cavegate Nurseries strawberry crumb, served with Raisthorpe Manor strawberry vodka-infused Cavegate strawberries, a strawberry gel and a Side Oven Bakery granola and biscuit crumb with micro basil leaves. 

He said: “Using fresh, seasonal, local produce is second nature to me as that’s very much the ethos of Drewton’s Farm Shop. It’s something that my colleagues here at Drewton’s have instilled in me from day one. We’re lucky to have such a wealth of wonderful food and drink available on our doorstep; it’s always a pleasure to use the finest Yorkshire ingredients.”

Katie Taylor, proprietor of Drewton’s Farm Shop, said: “We’re really proud of Kris, who has come on in leaps and bounds since he first joined us an apprentice. He’s become a talented young chef in his own right, and we wish him every success for the final.

“We pride ourselves on supporting our young apprentices and equipping them with the skills they need to go from strength to strength in their future careers. Kris is now a full-time member of the team and we value his contribution greatly.” 

Drewton’s Farm Shop is currently looking for new apprentices to work in its kitchen, bakery and butchery.

Katie said: “We work closely with the three college providers to encourage and nurture these young adults, so it’s a great first step on the career ladder for anyone looking for an opportunity to get into the industry.”

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