Student chefs from Eastleigh College land place in seafood final


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James Tumilty (L) and Michael Worth

Two young chefs from Eastleigh College have won a place in the final of the 2019 UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition. after winning their regional heat on Friday at City College, Norwich.

Michael Worth (20) and James Tumilty (17) earned their position by preparing a three-course menu of butter poached plaice, oven roasted fillet of hake and pan fried fillet of cod, all made using sustainably-sourced seafood. They will now compete against eight other teams for a shot at the title, at the final in Grimsby next month.

A representative for the competition sponsors Seafish said: 

“The standard of cooking in this heat has been exceptional, with each team impressing us with the skill and creativity in their dishes.

“This competition is highly regarded in the seafood industry. It offers ambitious young chefs the opportunity to demonstrate their ability and confidence in working with a range of sustainable seafood, and the chance to potentially boost their future careers” 

The winning team will receive a  trip to Holland, along with a  food processor, £500 per person, a £1,000 voucher that can be spent on catering equipment for their college, a cookbook, a competition trophy, a competition medal and prize certificates. The winning recipes will feature on the Seafood Week 2019 website.