The finals of the Springboard Charity Flagship Educational Programme, FutureChef took place in the Belfast Metropolitan College, Titanic Quarter Campus. Kristen Nugent 11PL was in attendance as a finalist along with 7 other students (aged 13-15) from across Northern Ireland.
Guests from Schools, Colleges, Industry Partners and the Department of Education were in attendance to watch the up-and-coming culinary talent from the viewing gallery as the young people prepared their dishes.
The line-up of Northern Ireland judges this year included Sean Owens, Noel McMeel, Geoff Baird and last year’s Northern Ireland FutureChef winner, Michael Thompson, and all the students were mentored by some of the best chefs and industry experts in the province.
Although all the students were winners, there could only be one crowned as Northern Ireland’s Future Chef who is invited to attend the National Finals in London where they will compete against other students from across the UK.
That talented chef was our very own Year 11 student Kristen Nugent, mentored by James Devine, who prepared an outstanding menu of Fermanagh Chicken Tasting Plate with potatoes, heritage carrots and beurre blanc, and an Apple Upside Down Cake with hazelnut crumble and cream.
Well done, Kristen and good luck for the National Finals!